With the games as a service thing becoming really popular in the last few years, one has to wonder how effective it will be long term. We’ve seen some games that adopted this system early on just kind of fizzle out throughout the years. Games like Destiny were planned to be around for a decade at least, but they decided to scrap it and make a whole new sequel. The same happened with The Division and many other games of its ilk that planned to be around for a long time. Some of them do succeed, like the infinite Warframe or the unexpected success of Rainbow Six Siege. However, launching a multiplayer focused title that hinges on its player base is quite a risk and we’ve seen single-player focused developers like Bethesda even jumping on this train with Fallout 76.
The game is a departure for the acclaimed studio, but they seem quite confident in their creation. But one has to wonder, how long is this post-apocalyptic ship going to sail for. Pete Hinds, marketing director for Bethesda, thinks it will sail until the end of time. When asked by Metro how long the game will last, he said “forever” and then went on to say:
I’m not being ironic. Like, forever. Because other people have said, ‘Is your timeline two years or five years?’ And I said, ‘Well, they’re still playing Morrowind and you go online and look at how many people are playing Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Those games have been out for four and seven years, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people playing those games every single day, every single month.
So what Hinds is basically saying is that their games are known to stick around for a long time, no matter how long ago they released, and Fallout 76 will basically be the Fallout game that will last into perpetuity with frequent updates and more updates. Ambitious would be the conservative way to put it since it all depends on how well they execute the base game first before we talk about lasting forever. I have confidence that they’ll be on the ball and provide players with what they want, but to think that it will be a game that fans of the series will play until they’re dead can almost be seen as arrogant. We’ll have to wait and see if this is true when the game launches this November.