In the follow-up documentary of Noclip which details the history of Bethesda Game Studios, a new documentary which talks about Fallout 76 was released, revealing more details about this new game that is out soon.
On the Bethesda E3 press conference it was confirmed to have a multiplayer focus with dedicated servers. While it can be played solo, you will always need to be connected to other players. In other words, it’s online-only.
The new documentary revealed that the project started off as idea to put multiplayer in Fallout 4. The project only picked up full steam after Battlecry Studios’ eponymous free-to-play game was put on hold and was then renamed to Bethesda Game Studios Austin.
Bethesda Game Studios Austin will be running the game as a live games-as-a-service, with free DLC and other content updates to be added following its launch. It is confirmed to have microtransactions, but it is strictly cosmetics. Microtransactions are needed to support the cost of running dedicated servers and to keep all future content free for years to come.
Fallout 76 will be out on November 14th for the PS4, PC and Xbox One.