Bethesda announced their latest Fallout game at E3 on June 10, 2018, and for the first time in the Fallout franchise history, the new game will feature multiplayer action. As a fan of the solo Fallout games, I was a little shocked by this announcement and didn't believe it at first. Of course, I want to play Fallout with my friends, but I remember when Bethesda said they would include multiplayer with Fallout 4. Good thing I wasn't holding my breath, otherwise I doubt I'd be here to write these words again: I'm excited at the opportunity to play cooperatively with my friends in a multiplayer Fallout world.
We don't know much at this point, but here's what we do know. 1) Multiplayer focus - this isn't a single player game with multiplayer aspect thrown in at the last second, 76 was built from the ground up for multiplayer 2) Bethesda is addressing anti-griefing - this is primarily why I would only play with friends, but we'll have to see how they implement 3) Questing and experience will be very similar to the single-player franchise 4) Nukes - while difficult to launch, you will be able to launch nukes at parts of the map, and whatever is in that area will be, well, nuked 5) CAMP - easy to build and re-build, they want to encourage PvP raiding, but when your CAMP is blown up, it will be easy to repair 6) Survival, together - players can only be killed once by another player, and players can group up to build and defend territory 7) Death penalty - you won't lose your stuff, and you will be able to spawn in a known area, so no hardcore permadeath 8) Launch date - Fallout 76 scheduled for release on November 14, 2018 9) No private servers at launch, but planned after launch
Since there will only be dozens of players on a server instance, I'm placing this in the non-MMO category. We don't know a lot about the game yet, but I will play the beta and will let you know what I know, as soon as I know.