We all know the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” well that’s the phrase that keeps rattling in my head when I hear about Fallout 76 multiplayer features.
Bethesda made some huge announcements that answered many questions regarding Fallout 76 and, like many others, I was beaming with excitement. The announcement that provoked the biggest cheers was that Fallout 76 will be a completely online experience that you can share with a handful of your wasteland buddies. This is exciting news and I’m thrilled to hear this. I’m sure I’m not the only one who said that Fallout would be so much more fun with friends, but now I feel a bit indifferent.
I’m still super stoked to hear that Fallout 76 multiplayer is a thing, but there’s this sliver of doubt, the smallest fraction of an iota that the multiplayer will mess with the game. Bethesda promises that there will be servers dedicated to the maintenance of Fallout 76 for “years to come” but there is still a chance it won’t work properly. Online games that have been through the ringer more than a few times have had multiplayer problems, and they could be considered online veterans. How will it work out for Bethesda and Fallout 76, which will be the game’s first time having multiplayer?
I have faith in Bethesda and this opportunity. Multiplayer was the only thing the Fallout series lacked. However, it scares me to think that a lackluster multiplayer experience can overshadow a potentially amazing game like it has in the past with games like NBA 2k15, which received negative reviews because of constant crashes and bad servers.
At times, I’ve felt that servers should not be included in the review for games. When we review games, we never include how amazingly well the server was for multiplayer. Gaming companies don’t get bonus points for having a well-maintained server. But when the server is bad and you can’t get into a game, then that’s when the server issues count toward the review, even though the server problems will most likely be fixed in the future. It’s sad because it can be a great game, but the server issues will leave a smudge on all the potential perfect 10 ratings it could’ve received.
When it comes to a game that is going to be played exclusively online, the server will definitely be a part of the review, as it should. So let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that Fallout 76 multiplayer will stand strong and take care of any issues the servers may have. There will be a beta sometime before the game releases.
Fallout 76 will be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14.