As part of Bethesda’s ongoing attempt to fix Fallout 76, the game is about to get a major overhaul to its PvP system.
Currently, both players in the game have to agree to a duel in order to fight. If one player in the open world shoots another, the damage will be greatly reduced until that player returns fire. While this is an admirable attempt at cutting down on trolls shooting new players and griefing others right out the gate, it does kill much of the sense of danger in the game—another player can never truly hurt your character without you agreeing to it.
Now, as Bethesda revealed in a recent announcement, Fallout 76 will eventually get a new mode where players can “work together, or not, without PvP restrictions.” Presumably, this means that players will be free to shoot at one another whenever and however they want to, and can also make their own fun in more ways, such as banding together to defend objectives or hunting down others. Since it’s a mode, it seems like this more freeform version of PvP will be a choice players can opt into.
There’s no date for when the new PvP mode will release, but Bethesda stated that an internal build is already playable and the finalized version should be rolling out in the first quarter of 2019.
More improvements and patch notes for Fallout 76 will be coming in the game’s next major patch, set for mid-January 2019. Details on those patch notes can be read here.