While plenty of Fallout players have suggested over the years that future games in the series could do with an option for co-op multiplayer, the addition of player-vs-player combat in Fallout 76 was not met with enthusiasm. Although not much about Fallout 76 was.
As Bethesda's senior vice president of global marketing and communications Pete Hines told USGamer, "I think we were a little surprised how few people wanted to take part in PvP and how many more they were interested in PvE together. As opposed to, 'I want to test my mettle against you and let's get into a duel.' There's some folks who do, don't get me wrong, but I think it's a smaller percentage of our player base than we thought," Hines said.
Hines went on to explain that the Wastelanders expansion coming to Fallout 76 in April is only the start of the changes, suggesting a reinvention comparable to what was achieved with The Elder Scrolls Online. "We're going down this path. It's not that we're doing this and we're done. They've done a lot of work on a systems level to make things possible in Wastelanders that they want to build on and use for more content that we're going to be doing the rest of this year and into next year and beyond."