‘Fallout 76’ to scrap Nuclear Winter battle royale mode this September


Post-apocalyptic MMORPG Fallout 76 is now dropping its Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, citing that the mode is losing players.

Fallout 76, which was rife with controversy for its entire existence, is now scrapping a mode. The game will terminate Nuclear Winter battle royale this coming September. Doing so will allow them to support all other modes that have more players.

Lack of players cited as reason for ditching of battle royale

In a blog announcement in their Inside the Vault, the devs note that the shutdown of Nuclear Winter boils down to lack of players. From what it seems, players are now more interested in exploring other options in-game.

Nuclear Winter is a 52-player PvP Battle Royale, where players attempt to claim the overseer position for Vault 51. The game uses a four-man squad and players can choose where to spawn.

Much like other battle royale titles like PUBG, a circular ring gradually closes in on the combatants. Winning players receive overseer ranks, which they can use to unlock several pieces of lore and terminals. Even then, players are gravitating towards other modes.

“When we first introduced Nuclear Winter, we were thrilled to watch so many players from our community, as well as many newcomers, dive head first into our take on the ruthless last-player-standing Battle Royale genre,” said the blog.

“Over time, however, we’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game. It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times.

“Additionally, we’ve found it challenging to provide meaningful updates for Nuclear Winter, while also developing and supporting exciting new content for Adventure Mode in recent and upcoming updates. With all of this in mind, we are currently planning to sunset Nuclear Winter Mode in an update coming this September.”

Bethesda to compensate players, add new modes

Bethesda ditching the Nuclear Winter mode for Fallout 76 is a grim reminder of the many failings of the game. Since its first launch in 2018, the devs reversed many decisions they did for the direction of the MMORPG.

For starters, they retroactively added NPCs in their barren world. They also added more modes to play, including their own version of a Premium Pass. As Nuclear Winter goes offline, the devs promise that they will give players some sort of consolation.

Players can get perk coins per overseer level and overseer ticket. Those who at least played it once can also get their own themed pennant. For more detailed information on Nuclear Winter for Fallout 76, it’s best to check the update blog from the devs.

Featured image courtesy of Bethesda Softworks/Youtube Screenshot

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