Fallout 76 servers will be online “forever”, or at least until the real nuclear apocalypse

Or until some sysadmin presses the wrong button, perhaps, but in the meantime, Bethesda is super-duper committed to its first ever multiplayer game – promising to keep it going until climate genocide wipes out humanity, and the sun explodes, and the planet is nothing more than scorched dust and plastic straws drifting on the galactic winds, and it’s the end of everything, but that’s probably ten years from now and who even makes plans for ten years from now, anyway.

“How long is [Fallout 76] going to be up? Forever. I don’t know how to give an answer other than that. It’s not like anybody makes a game and goes, ‘Well this is going to make it for 10 years if we’re lucky.’ Nobody thinks that way. How long has WoW been up now? Is that game planning to sunset in a year? I seriously doubt it,” studio boss Pete Hines tells GameSpot.

“We’re going to keep going as long as people keep playing it and it shows no sign of slowing down. Once we get to private servers or whatever happens in the years following, I don’t know. Maybe there’s a point where it doesn’t matter. But this is a massive franchise and a massive undertaking, and our commitment to it is it is never-ending, and that it continues on an ongoing basis.”

That includes fixing some potentially disastrous exploits before the game even launches next week, I assume, but… this is Bethesda, and a new game launch is more or less the same thing as a public beta, so.

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