This game mode, Survival, will be accessible from the main menu. Upon launching Fallout 76, players will have the opportunity to choose between the existing experience, now known as Adventure, or the new Survival mode, which has “the same quests, events, and story that you’re used to in Adventure mode.” Existing characters can be brought into Survival, where they will share their inventory and status across both game modes.
Survival is a mode where every other player, except those in your team or helping in an event zone, are marked as hostile. The existing PvP system, which requires both parties to opt-in, does not exist in Survival; instead, players are able to attack each other on sight. Survival will include level scaling, so newer characters will, in theory, have a fighting chance against high-level enemies.
Survival will be introduced in beta form, and will have have a few other changes to make it distinct from Adventure. When players die, they’ll have to respawn at either their CAMP or Vault 76, instead of near their body to rush back into the fight and reclaim your junk. Caps rewards will be doubled in PVP as well, encouraging bounty hunters. Bethesda notes that “these changes aren’t set in stone, and we’ll be looking to make adjustments based on playtesting and your feedback during the Survival Beta.”
Survival is also set to include leaderboards, which offer glory to the players who win the most bouts.
While many players have hoped for a more challenging experience or a new PvP mode, the Fallout 76 fanbase has concerns about Survival. Survival doesn’t seem to solve any of the core problems with the game’s economy; in fact, it rewards players who have exploited the system. Fallout 76 has a serious problem with duped items and bobbleheads creating characters who are unstoppable. Right now, multiple threads on the front page of the Fallout 76 subreddit are begging for Adventure characters to be restricted to Adventure.
There is currently no release date for Survival, but Bethesda notes that it will be rolled out in phases as part of a beta test.