Fallout 76 is an online-only multiplayer survival game where you play as the vault-dwellers who are the first to explore the area of Appalachia. Since the game released there have been several criticisms regarding the game’s lack of story, NPCs, and less-than-stellar PVP combat.
The current system isn’t very rewarding since players only drop resources on-death. Also, taking double the damage after dealing minimal damage to initiate a fight is personally not really in the spirit of actually surviving in the post-apocalypse.
In order to improve PVP combat, Bethesda announced on their “Inside the Vault” blog that in March, Fallout 76 would be getting “a more dangerous mode, separate from the main game and has fewer restrictions on player-versus-player (PVP) experiences…”
Survival Mode (Beta)
The new Survivor mode which is separate from the current Adventure mode will have fewer restrictions and add more rewards to PVP combat. Survivor will include everything from Adventure mode and the main difference is that all players, except for teammates, are automatically flagged as hostile.
Basically, you can shoot players and they can shoot you equally without any restrictions. They’re also taking out the revenge option in Survivor mode so players can’t just kill their aggressor after dying. Instead, they’ll respawn in either their C.A.M.P or in front of Vault 76. Players will also be gaining better rewards from killing other players as they will drop their Aid items and get double the amount of caps as a bonus. This was a problem as most players only earned a minimal number of caps after taking revenge on killing a hostile player.
My Current Character?
Bethesda also states that players are able to bring their characters from Adventure mode into Survival and vice versa along with any equipment and progress they’ve made. They recommend starting a new character to play the new mode, but players can bring their already decked-out characters into the game as well.
Also, they’re adding a leaderboard into the game so players can keep track of other vault dwellers in the session on who’s killing who.
The addition of the Survival mode (Beta) looks to be a change of pace with the current state of Fallout 76. Maybe it will encourage players to interact with each other more. Maybe Fallout 76 will make use of that unfinished Raider questline when the beta releases in March.