Bethesda Softworks’ Pete Hines expects this year’s Fallout 76 to be played forever. No, not just for a long time, forever.
In a recent interview with Metro, Hines was asked how long he expected the game would last. Hines definitively stated “forever,” and when the interviewer asked for clarification, Hines doubled down.
“I’m not being ironic,” Hines said. “Like, forever. Because other people have said, ‘Is your timeline two years or five years?’ And I said, ‘Well, they’re still playing Morrowind and you go online and look at how many people are playing Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Those games have been out for four and seven years, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people playing those games every single day, every single month.”
According to Hines, this longevity will come through diligent post-launch support, but the specifics of future content will be contingent on player demand.
“So Fallout 76, our timeline is in perpetuity,” Hines explained. “Now what that content is gonna be, and what that’s gonna look like, I’m not sure. Part of our thing is we need to get people in the game and see how they respond. We’ve even taken this approach for past DLC. I don’t know if you remember Fallout 3? The big consumer reaction when we launched that game was that they were all upset that it had an ending. And we were like, ‘All the previous games had an ending! We thought we were sticking to what that franchise is…’ But they didn’t want an ending and we had a couple of DLCs in the works but the third one we did we were like, ‘Well, we need a DLC that removes the ending of the game and allows you to continue on.'”
Fallout 76 is slated to launch November 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a multiplayer beta dropping sometime in October. One of the many features that will keep players coming back for more is the ability to nuke each other, which has actually been woven into the game’s story.
Source: Metro UK