Fallout 76 is always online. According to executive produver Todd Howard, who gave us our closest look yet at Fallout 76 during Bethesda's E3 conference, the game is multiplayer-focused and "entirely online."
If that makes you a little nervous, never fear. Howard did say that "of course you can play this solo," but stated that the departure from the series traditional single-player RPG approach happened because Bethesda have "always wnated to see what our style of game could be with multiplayer."
The change means that everyone else you find in the game will be another player. Fallout 76 will include a new improved building system and what looks a lot like some Monster Hunter-style boss fights. All of that means you'll fare much better as part of a group.
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The nature of online multiplayer, however, means that you also might find yourself on the receiving end of some digitial nuisances. Thankfully, if that happens, Fallout 76 has nukes, so you can obliterate your quarrelsome neighbours (assuming you can find the access codes).
You can check out an extended version of the Fallout 76 trailer below:
If you just can't wait for the Fallout 76 release date, well, I'm afraid you'll have to. The good news, however, is that it is later this year, unlike one of Bethesda's other big-ticket announcements: The Elder Scrolls VI. We're unlikely to return to Tamriel for a good few years yet, but at least we know that Bethesda are actually working on the new game.