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.