Fallout 76

Here's something new for Fallout 76 players today, and a little something for those who may be playing Fallout 76 in the future. Bethesda released a beta for a new Survival Mode today that players can try out for themselves. This beta is available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game. This is a "more competitive" way to play the game that is separate from the main game. This mode essentially has fewer restrictions on PvP interactions.

Bethesda provided some additional details about today's new beta in their latest "Inside the Vault."

Whenever you hit Play from the Main Menu, you’ll be able to choose between Adventure Mode or the new Survival Beta. Adventure Mode is largely Fallout 76 as you know it today, with one significant adjustment: we’re reducing all damage dealt to you by players you are not hostile with to zero. You can learn more about this change further below.

Survival is our new, more competitive game mode featuring rule changes surrounding PVP combat, death and respawn mechanics, and even a 20% bonus to the XP you’ll earn while playing. As we shared in a previous article, everything you can currently do in Adventure —quests, events, and exploration— will still be available to you in Survival. Your current progress with any existing characters will transfer between Survival and Adventure as often as you like, and anything that affects them in one mode will also be reflected in the other.
They go on to provide some nice details about the less obvious changes in this Survival beta. For instance, respawns are now restricted to your C.A.M.P., Vault 76, and train stations. This also limits fast travel to these locations. There is also a 20% bonus to any XP earned in Survival Mode.

Here is the full list of changes in today's Fallout 76 update. Some of the highlights from this patch can be found below.

  • Complete new Weekly Challenges to earn legendary rewards
    • New Weekly Challenges have been added which offer legendary rewards on completion.
    • A new Weekly Challenge will be added every week during and beyond the Survival Mode Beta, each featuring a different reward.
    • The first six Survival Mode Beta Weekly Challenges award legendary weapons. Learn more about them in our recent Survival Beta Overview article on Fallout.com.
  • High-stakes death mechanics
    • On death, players will drop a random amount of the Aid items that were in their inventory in addition to all their Junk.
    • Cap rewards for player kills, and Cap deductions on death, have been doubled in Survival Mode.
    • When killed during PVP combat, players can choose to spend a portion of their Caps to place a Bounty on their killer.
  • Limited Fast Travel and Respawn locations
    • Fast Travel is limited to Vault 76, the player’s C.A.M.P., Train Stations, and any Workshops that player owns.
    • Respawn is limited to Vault 76, the player’s C.A.M.P., and Train Stations.
    • Players will become invulnerable for a brief period after Fast Traveling or Respawning, though firing your weapon before the time expires will remove invulnerability.
  • Scoreboards
    • Scoreboards have been implemented, which rank players in the current world across a variety of stat categories based on their performance during the current life, as well as their best life for the week.
    • The top three players on the Longest Life Scoreboard will display a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal next to their player icons.