Fallout 76: Server Launch Times, Day-One Patch And What You Need To Know
Masiv / Nov 12, 2018
Many of us have been screwing around in the beta for several days now, but it's time to finally dive into West Virginia with both feet. Bethesda's ambitious, Fallout 76 launches on Wednesday, marking arguably the most interesting AAA release of the fall season. It's a Fallout game, make no mistake about that. It's just a very strange Fallout game, one that both fits the mold of previous titles and totally turns the idea on its head. First things first, however: this is an online game, and so we're not playing until servers go live and the developer lets us loose into the world.
Bethesda is doing a traditional rolling launch for Fallout 76, and so the game will be launching at 12:00 a.m. local time on launch day, November 14. So it's pretty straightforward to figure out when you can play. If it's November 14, hop on in.
Or hop on in after you've downloaded the day one patch, more accurately. This game comes with a massive 53 GB day one patch, which is actually larger than the initial install of 45 GB. We assume that is related both to the general necessities of working on a game up to release date as well as development work that Bethesda has done in the wake of several betas that have no doubt given the team a thousand new bugs to patch.
I have to admit, I'm excited about this one. Bethesda is known for building out rich, complex worlds teeming with in-game politics, NPCs and extensive quest writing. The idea here is similar, but the developer wants players to do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to actually pushing the game world forward: there are no NPCs in Fallout 76, and so the game is meant to be a blank canvas with which players can get as weird as they want.
And yet, for all of that, I truly enjoyed my time with the beta, and plan on playing a ton after it comes out. One of my favorite parts of Fallout 4 was just wandering and collect stuff and build my settlement, oh, and killing things that wanted to kill me, and that's basically the whole point of this game. So let's see how it goes.
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