Bethesda is 'looking into' adding text chat for Fallout 76

Based on player feedback from the Fallout 76 beta, Bethesda detailed a few changes it'll be adding to the game on Reddit yesterday. These changes include support for ultrawide resolutions, an increase in player stash weight limits, and a push-to-talk option. Missing from the post, however, was any mention of adding text chat, an important and completely standard feature for multiplayer PC games that players have been asking about since the PC beta began.

I sent an email to a Bethesda representative after seeing the Reddit post, and asked if they were planning to include text chat. I received a response this morning:

"We know players want more options to communicate with each other," Bethesda's response reads. "We’re committed to implementing push-to-talk and the team is currently looking into text chat."

That's not much to go on, but hopefully we'll get a more conclusive statement soon. For many players text chat is mostly about convenience or personal preference, but for players who are deaf or hard of hearing, being able to communicate with others using text is essential.

Christopher Livingston
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Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.