Bethesda intends for Fallout 76 to last "forever"

Considering long-term support for future releases, Bethesda's Pete Hines said the studio intends for Fallout 76 to last "forever," "in perpetuity."

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Video game fans have likely noticed a shift in development trends away from games that are essentially "complete" when they release and instead toward games that constantly evolve through time. By constantly engaging with players, games can not only stay relevant for years, they can also provide steady income for developers for the foreseeable future. It's a plan that's worked wonders for Grand Theft Auto 5, and it's a direction Bethesda intends to take with Fallout 76, with Pete Hines himself stating that the company intends for the game to live "forever."

Speaking to Metro, Pete Hines was asked how long Bethesda expects Fallout 76 to last, with consideration to the modern games-as-service approach. This is what he had to say:

"Forever. I'm not being ironic. 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.

"So [for] Fallout 76, our timeline is in perpetuity."

Despite full intentions to keep Fallout 76 relevant for the foreseeable future — which, depending on individual imaginations, could last beyond the collapse of our solar system and into the period where the universe's thermal energy is depleted — Hines still doesn't know "what that content is gonna be [or] what it's gonna look like." He just knows that Fallout 76 has the potential to stay the course, and the studio will do its best to make sure gamers always have a reason to continue playing.

Fallout 76 is slated to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14. Players who want an early taste of the action will be able to jump in on the Fallout 76 beta (or B.E.T.A.) test beginning sometime in October, and all progress made within will transfer over to the full version of the game after release.

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    September 14, 2018 12:15 PM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Bethesda intends for Fallout 76 to last "forever"

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      September 14, 2018 12:39 PM

      "Forever".

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      September 14, 2018 12:57 PM

      It's not an unreasonable statement, that's how games-as-a-service work now. You keep supporting them as long as people are actively playing, until nobody really cares anymore if you shut it down. So "forever" is hyperbolic, but I imagine it speaks to their intent to maintain ongoing development as a service game and not a one-off like their singleplayer franchises.

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        September 14, 2018 2:00 PM

        Yeah, even looking at their single player games, the long-term player engagement is ridiculous. Planning to run 76 more-or-less indefinitely makes perfect sense.

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          September 14, 2018 2:05 PM

          shit, they've been using the same engine since 2005 anyway

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            September 14, 2018 2:37 PM

            I assure you they've been using that piece of shit engine for much longer than 2005.

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      September 14, 2018 1:03 PM

      like delayed ejaculation?

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      September 14, 2018 1:04 PM

      More like 6 weeks.

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      September 14, 2018 1:06 PM

      how are they monetizing this game, again?

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      September 14, 2018 2:15 PM

      lol, nice one Randy.

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      September 14, 2018 2:17 PM

      “Another visitor. Stay a while. Stayyyy foreverrrrr”

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        September 14, 2018 8:05 PM

        Impossible Mission (didn't look it up)

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      September 14, 2018 2:49 PM

      Hellgate london

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        September 14, 2018 3:49 PM

        Ouch...

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        September 14, 2018 8:16 PM

        hey some people still have a lifetime subscription to that game!

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      September 14, 2018 2:53 PM

      Bethesda intends for Fallout 76 the Creation Engine to last "forever" FOREVER.

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      September 14, 2018 2:54 PM

      Best way to do that is to release the server executable so we can host our own servers.

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        September 14, 2018 4:50 PM

        Not going to happen, they need to run the servers to keep track of purchases and drops just like every other game with transactions built into them. Also nobody cares, at least not enough to affect their bottom line.

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      September 14, 2018 3:00 PM

      it's working for skyrim

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      September 14, 2018 5:03 PM

      i wish Interstate 76 lasted forever

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      September 14, 2018 5:13 PM

      Hotel Bethesda

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      September 14, 2018 5:47 PM

      Please tell me they said it in the voice of the kid from The Sandlot.

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      September 14, 2018 8:56 PM

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

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      September 14, 2018 9:41 PM

      How long till its f2p?