Bethesda VP Pete Hines: Fallout 76 will last “forever”

Based on a recent interview with GameSpot, Pete Hines, the VP of Bethesda, talked about the future of Fallout 76. He seems very confident that Bethesda has a planned-out future for the first online Fallout game and one that the developer doesn’t seem to be “nuking’ anytime soon.

Fallout 76 is the first Fallout game that has multiplayer online and requires an active internet connection to play. The entire game is online-based. GameSpot asked a few questions about what would happen when they finally shut down the servers.

When asked about how long the game would be up, Hines replied “forever” citing World of Warcraft as an example:

“I don’t know how to give an answer other than that. It’s not like anybody makes a game and goes, ‘Well this is going to make it for 10 years if we’re lucky.’ Nobody thinks that way. How long has WoW been up now? Is that game planning to sunset in a year? I seriously doubt it.”

Hines said the support for Fallout 76 will be “never-ending” and that Bethesda may stop operating if people stop playing the game. But he’s pretty sure the game will never stop slowing down:

“We’re going to keep going as long as people keep playing it and it shows no sign of slowing down,”

“Once we get to private servers or whatever happens in the years following; I don’t know. Maybe there’s a point where it doesn’t matter. But … this is a massive franchise and a massive undertaking, and our commitment to it is it is never-ending, and that it continues on an ongoing basis.”

Fallout 76 will be launching on November 14, and fans are pumped. The game has two final beta sessions left– one starting today at 1PM ET and the last one on November 8. There have been some bugs already found in the game, but that’s what a BETA is for. There was a speed hack and a bug that wiped 50GB worth of data. Some popular streamers will be streaming the game on the final beta test day, including Ninja.

Fallout 76 will release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. There won’t be a Switch release because it’s simply not possible. You can pre-order a copy right now at Amazon.


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