One of the most shocking revelations to come out of Fallout 76‘s E3 2018 presentation was that players will have the opportunity to nuke each other, but this will be much harder to do than many fear.
In a recent interview with Swedish gaming outlet FZ, Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines discussed how the controversial feature works in this year’s multiplayer iteration of Fallout. Following the expansive single-player experiences of previous Fallout games, there was something a little jarring about learning that other players may be able to nuke you and all your hard work on a whim, but Hines assured fans that nukes are both hard to obtain and easy to avoid.
“Getting the ability to launch a nuke is not easy,” Hines said. “You have to get a number of different code pieces so you have one full code. You also have to get to the place where you enter that code, which is obviously not just ‘open the doors and walk right in.’ Then you target a place on the map. You can’t target an individual.
“They’re not easy to get, they’re not going to be firing off every five minutes, and when a nuke is incoming, people get notified. So you could just stand there and not do anything, but you could also get the hell out of the way and you won’t get nuked.”
Hines elaborated on some of the feature’s other enigmatic qualities, such as the resulting blast zone. A nuked area will be radiated, but it will also hold a variety of rare loot, valuable resources, and unique creatures for a limited time. The area will require protection to navigate, both from the radiation and from other hostile players trying to get their hands on the goods. As for what happens to those caught in the blast radius, Hines claimed that death will never result in a loss of progression or “stuff.”
A video of the full interview can be seen below.
Fallout 76 is slated to launch November 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Game director Todd Howard recently confirmed that, despite the game’s multiplayer focus, modding will make a return, although it will not be in the game at launch.