Bethesda's Pete Hines has reiterated that the company wants Fallout 76 to last forever, adding that nobody makes a game expecting it to last a certain period. According to Hines, you make it for the ages, just like Blizzard did with WoW.
Hines sort of doubled down on his earlier statements, although trimming the PR talk down to, "It's not like anybody makes a game and goes, 'Well this is going to make it for 10 years if we're lucky'." He pointed at World of Warcraft as a giant of longevity, enquiring whether they're planning on shutting down anytime soon. A rhetorical question of course.
Hines said that Fallout 76 will "keep going as long as people keep playing it and it shows no sign of slowing down". He insists that the franchise is massive, which automatically means that the game is a massive undertaking as well. So, Bethesda's "commitment to it is never-ending", he thinks.
With the state of Fallout 76's beta, or Break-it Early Test Application as the company call it, it's no wonder they're already getting questions like what will happen with game ownership when the company decides to pull the plug. Hines said that they'll think about that if and when it gets to that but right now - the company's taking a long-term look on things.
That being said, there's nothing about Fallout 76 that says long-term, except perhaps having pre-ordered it, which can possibly come with some sort of post-traumatic, long-term regret. The beta even kicked off with a data-eating bug, for which Pete Hines apologised, while promising more and that's barely the biggest of the game's issues.
Todd Howard promised 16 times the detail of its predecessor but the game reeks of Fallout 4 all over, so we're not sure what they're talking about. Some other technical solutions in the game are not underwhelming - they've been absent from games for at least a decade.
All in all, we applaud Pete and Todd's enthusiasm but we'd much rather get this over with and see Starfield. Or TES VI, even if Hines claims it will be a really long while before then.
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