Two years ago, Bethesda introduced a battle royale mode to Fallout 76, transforming the multiplayer survival game into a 52-player shooter as another way to experience PVP action. The developer has now announced that later this year the mode is being axed from the title, with low player counts and needing more resources for the main game mode being given as reasons behind the decision.
"When we first introduced Nuclear Winter, 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," says Bethesda in its blog. "Over time, however, we’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game." At the same time, the studio added that supporting Nuclear Winter with meaningful content has become difficult as it also needs to bolster the Adventure Mode with new content every season.
A Fallout 76 update coming this September will remove the mode entirely from the game, and Bethesda will be giving away Perk Coins and a Nuclear Winter themed Pennant to players who join in on the action while it is active. The exclusive rewards tied to the mode are being moved to the Adventure mode with new means to grab them.
The mode's introduction happened during the height of battle royale announcements as almost every company tried to wade in and score a hit variant. The mode is explained in the lore as the antics of Vault 51's supercomputer that is looking for an Overseer using novel methods.
Meanwhile, the next major content update hitting Fallout 76 will be Steel Reign, which will conclude the Brotherhood of Steel questline, introduce legendary Power Armor, and more, this July. The game is currently running a free week promotion too, letting anyone try out the complete experience until June 16 across all platforms. Fans may also want to keep their eyes peeled during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase that's going live on Sunday for any new reveals.