Fallout 76 Doesn’t Feature A Radio DJ, Bethesda Explains Why
A soundtrack of 50s-era music is often heard while players traverse Fallout’s desolate Wasteland, but an alternative to the old-timey tunes has always been the charisma-slinging DJs dropping their truth-bombs all over the airways. However, with the multiplayer-focused Fallout 76 ushering a number of changes to the series formula, it appears the rebellious likes of Three Dog aren’t going to be featured this time around.
Bethesda revealed his exclusion was an intentional one to ComicBook as the upcoming experience is poised to be as community-driven and realistic as possible. They state that the presence of an exterior radio host would very much sacrifice this idea, in addition to not making too much sense timeline-wise. The setting supposedly being a freshly inhabited, albeit irradiated area of Appalachia, it definitely would be strange to see a radio host had already beat players to the punch.
While multiplayer focus and continuity are understandable reasonings for taking DJs off the air, one additional aspect was also cited as a contribution to the choice: murder. As many of us are aware, the impulse to kill open-world NPCs is a quality that many are unable to keep contained, and the Fallout series isn’t at all different in this respect. A project lead for Fallout 76 expressed the inclusion of this single character would eventually compel only one result:
Let’s be honest here, if we put a DJ somewhere on the map, what’s everyone going to do? They’re going to kill them. That seemed inconsistent with our lore and the world we were building.”
While on-air personalities are not featured in Fallout 76, there’s been plenty found to make up for the exclusion. There’s goodies to be found with Red Dead-style treasure hunts, dragons to be slayed in the Wasteland, and foes to be gunned down by the new VATS mechanic. Of course when all else fails, players can also just drop a nuke. Fallout 76 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 14th. The B.E.T.A. begins for each system at the end of October.
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