Bethesda has decided to keep the new battle royale mode in Fallout 76 permanently. The decision was confirmed in a tweet from the company early Friday morning saying, "With how much fun you're having with this mode, we have decided to keep the pre-beta sneak peak of #NuclearWinter live in the game."
We’re blown away by the response to Nuclear Winter. Thanks for playing!— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 14, 2019
With how much fun you’re having with this mode, we have decided to keep the pre-beta sneak peek of #NuclearWinter live in the game. Keep sharing feedback - there's more to come! https://t.co/6u9WgAXNf9 pic.twitter.com/Y4AoXbsPxH
The battle royale mode, called Nuclear Winter, was first announced during the Bethesda Press Conference at E3 on Sunday. The studio shocked fans by not only revealing the new game mode, but announcing that players would be able to try it the very next day.
Originally, this was meant to be a temporary "pre-beta" trial of the new mode that would run for a short time before being removed from the game so that the developers could continue working on it. Fans were vocal about how much they enjoyed the new game mode, particularly on Reddit, and now Bethesda has decided to keep Nuclear Winter in the game while they continue to develop it.
The game mode has breathed new life into Fallout 76. After a particularly rocky release both in and out of the game, many fans were turned off from the series. Sales apparently suffered as well, as some retailers became so desperate they bundled the game together with various accessories. The popular battle royale genre was a much-needed inclusion in the series, and players seem to be having a great time with it. Popular Twitch streamer Shroud has been playing full time since it released, which has undoubtedly gained the new game much favor.
Nuclear Winter wasn't the only new content revealed for Fallout 76 during the press conference. A new update, called Wastelanders, will be released this fall as a free year 2 expansion. The reveal trailer promises to include a new main quest, choices and consequences, new weapons and gear, and the return of the constantly requested human NPCs, a staple of the Fallout series.
Nuclear Winter is a free content update for all Fallout 76 players. To celebrate, Bethesda is giving players a free week to play the game. The free trial ends on the 17th, so if you want to try the battle royale mode for yourself, now is the time.