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E3 2018

Fallout 76 Will Be Multiplayer Focused, But Can Be Played Solo

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Further details have been revealed for Fallout 76 at Bethesda’s E3 conference, confirming that the project has a strong online component.

Todd Howard, who hosted the Fallout segment, stated that the title can be enjoy “solo”, but the “easiest way to enjoy the game is with others.” Single-players, then, will have a complete, but more difficult experience.

Describing the game as “softcore survival,” Howard went on to explain that 76 will have a bigger focus on survival aspects, with multiplayer involving “dozens” of other people. Howard went on to explain that Bethesda is ensuring that the number of people players can play online with suits the lore of Fallout, prioritising co-operative play over a massively-multiplayer approach.

Howard was also quick to reiterate that Bethesda enjoys the solo aspect of its content. 76, then, much like Anthem, is simultaneously selling itself as a single and multi-player experience.

76 will take place 25 years after the bombs fall on Reclamation day, a celebration of America’s tercentenary. Howard stated that the game will feature new rendering, lighting, and landscape technology, allowing Bethesda to utilise dynamic and distant weather system.

The popular settlement system will mainly be used for multiplayer and online play, where groups of players can attain nuclear codes to destroy other people’s settlements for loot and rewards. How this system will work in single-player remains unclear.

Players will follow a quest given by their overseer which will take them into six regions, each with their own style and rewards. Each zone, however, will be strongly entrenched in the folklore of West Virginia, with enemy designs and lore borrowing heavily from that area’s mythos.

76 will have dedicated servers, with Bethesda extending support “for years to come.” A beta will be available soon, requiring players to fill in a Break-It Early Application Test.

The trailer, which will be embedded below soon, contains further details for Bethesda’s first attempt at games as a service:

Fallout 76 will be launching on November 14, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

E3 2018

Konami Willing to Make More Remasters

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Konami has said that it is willing to remaster more games if fans ask for them.

During an IGN interview at E3 about Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars, Konami brand manager Benjamin Kinney expressed the company’s willingness to produce more remasters:

“Eventually if you’re loud enough and you speak with one voice, anything is possible.”

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars is a remastered version of the PlayStation 2 game featuring a new VR mode, coming to PC and PlayStation 4. The title was initially announced at Sony’s Tokyo Games Show in 2017.

The remaster will come native at 4K with recreated textures, updated particle effects, and new control schemes to name just a few of the many improvements across the game. The title also includes a new Very Easy mode so players can experience the story.

The most notable addition is VR support. Playing Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars in VR will put the gamer in the cockpit of Jehuty, the character’s giant mecha. Konami has recreated the cut scenes and assets to contribute to an immersive situation. The developers have worked with first-party VR companies such as PlayStation VR and HTC Vive to refine the game, making it as smooth as possible to reduce any chance of motion sickness.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars has a gallery mode with VR where users can tumble and look at various models in game. The game will sport “next-gen audio,” supporting Dolby Atmos and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

The first game has not been remastered for the PlayStation 4 nor VR, but if the fans ask for it, Konami may listen.

4K and VR demos are available on the PlayStation Store to download.

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