Fallout 76’s battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, is shutting down for good in September. Developer Bethesda Games Studio announced in a blog post that it’s removing the mode because, well, not enough people are playing it. On top of this news, Bethesda stated it will also be making announcements about Fallout 76 during E3 2021.
“We’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game,” the studio said. “It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times.”
Bethesda also said it’s been “challenging” to bring major updates to Nuclear Winter while creating more content for Fallout 76’s other, more popular modes. “With all of this in mind, we are currently planning to sunset Nuclear Winter Mode in an update coming this September,” Bethesda said.
They added the team is aware that Nuclear Winter has an “incredibly passionate” playerbase, and they know how disappointing this news may be.
“Ending support for the mode was a difficult decision, and not one that we made lightly,” Bethesda stated.
Although Nuclear Winter is leaving, Bethesda teased they’re currently working on new ways for Fallout 76 players to interact on a PvP level, just in a different manner. Further details will arrived later this year. As an added bonus, everyone who played Nuclear Winter–even for one match– will get some compensation for the shutdown.
Everyone who played the mode will get:
- Six perk coins for each Overseer rank reached — maximum of 600
- One perk coin for each Overseer ticket — up to 200
- Everyone who completed a match of Nuclear Winter will get a themed pennant for the C.A.M.P.s
“While we have decided to disable this mode, Fallout 76’s future remains very bright. We can’t wait to share more details with you on all of the new features and adventures we’re planning to bring to the game throughout 2021, and for years to come,” Bethesda said.
Bethesda will announce what’s next for Fallout 76 during the Xbox/Bethesda E3 2021 briefing on June 13th.