Say bye-bye to Fallout 76's battle royale mode

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Updates on the future of Fallout 76 will be part of the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase during E3 this weekend, but Bethesda has already announced one change that's coming to wasteland West Virginia in a recent blog post: it's going to sunset the Nuclear Winter battle royale mode this September.

"When we first introduced Nuclear Winter," Bethesda wrote, "we were thrilled to watch so many players from our community, as well as many newcomers, dive head first into our take on the ruthless last-player-standing Battle Royale genre. Over time, however, we've seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game. It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times."

Bethesda hasn't given up on PvP in Fallout 76 entirely, despite how disinterested in the idea players seem to be, and is working on modes we'll hear more about "a little later this year". Anyone who did play Nuclear Winter will receive something to compensate them for the loss, even if they only played a single match.

To coincide with E3, Fallout 76 is currently free-to-play for a week and offering a preview of some of the perks of paying for the Fallout 1st premium subscription, as well as giving double XP.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.