According to Bethesda Marketing an Communications VP Pete Hines, Fallout 76 support will last “forever.” He’s fully serious about the idea, as well.
In an interview with Metro.co.uk, Hines was asked a few questions about the upcoming multiplayer Fallout game. One question asked how long Bethesda intended to focus and improve on the game. Hines responded with “forever,” citing the well-aging nature of other Bethesda titles like Skyrim.
“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,” Hines reiterated. “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.’”
The game obviously won’t be supported forever. But when you consider the fast-moving pace the gaming industry is accustomed to, having an indefinite support timeline is a fairly committed claim to make. It’s true that Skyrim is still a popular game today. When you combine the longevity of a Bethesda game with the community retention of a multiplayer game, it could be a decade or more until the game actually calms down enough to meet Hines’ qualifications for losing support.
Hines continues, talking about the lack of an ending in Fallout 76. In Fallout 3, the game’s formal ending was ill-received. Fans were unhappy that they couldn’t continue. This reaction would go on to influence Fallout 4, as well as 76.
“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.’ So 76 is going to be like that. We have some ideas for this and that, but let’s see what people want more of. Let’s see what they respond to and support that.”
Bethesda certainly seems to be taking into consideration what their community is saying. We’ll see if that proves true when the B.E.T.A begins in October.
Fallout 76 releases on November 14 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.