Fallout 76 Characters Won’t Have Dialogue
With the game’s B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application) looming, many new details about Fallout 76 are emerging from the Bethesda vault. While most of the latest developments have yielded smaller tidbits, a recent feature in Game Informer has confirmed a breadth of new information such as a Skyrim-like questing system and areas in the game without PvP. Coverage also established an additional aspect that would seem to be at odds with the series’ overall direction: a lack of in-game dialogue.
It’s been clear for a while that Fallout 76 will be a world inhabited by a population of other players, with the environment also home to various A.I. characters. However, in contrast to previous games, interaction with these NPCs is said to be largely one-sided, having most “conversations” play out as statements with no branching alternatives. This leaves back-and-forth exchanges up to real-life users, either by on-screen chat or speaking through gaming headsets.
As anyone who played a Fallout game knows, dialogue has always played an important role in fleshing out the world, its characters, and advancing story points. However, it’s the intent of Bethesda for Fallout 76 to leave these personal connections to actual humans this time around, with NPCs relegated to providing basic information or simply acting as enemies. Whether this decision is an interesting change or a grave mistake is ultimately up to the beholder, but players will get their chance to know for sure when that eventual B.E.T.A. drops.
Fallout 76 releases for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 14th.
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