Four years after its disastrous launch, Fallout 76 now has an impressive 13.5 million players

Fallout 76 now has an impressive 13.5 million players, Bethesda has announced.

Review of the last 12 months For the online-focused post-apocalyptic RPG, Bethesda said 13.5 million players have immersed themselves in Appalachia throughout 2022.

“Fallout 76 has grown significantly over the past year, and players around the world are experiencing all sorts of events across Appalachia, from traveling road shows to alien invasions!” said Bethesda.

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Fallout 76’s popularity will undoubtedly have benefited significantly from its availability on Microsoft’s Game Pass subscription service, which launched in July 2020. It is also part of the PlayStation Plus Extra tier.

It’s been a long, hard road to recovery from Bethesda’s Fallout 76, which launched in disastrous form in November 2018.

I wrote Eurogamer’s Fallout 76 review and gave it the dreaded “Avoid” badge. “A bizarre, boring, broken mess,” I wrote at the time.

But Bethesda stuck with it, releasing a series of updates to fix the damage done to its reputation and the Fallout brand. Is the comeback over? Currently, Fallout 76 has a “overall positive” user rating on Steam, suggesting that most players are happy with it.

In all, Fallout 76 has proven fertile ground for interesting player- and community-driven storytelling. And with the release of the Wastelanders update in 2020, I got to enjoy Fallout 76 for the first time.

Recently, a new report on Fallout 76’s development painted a picture of a studio in disarray, as poor management, lack of design direction, and engine challenges created an environment of apathy, confusion, crunch, and burnout, and a game that ultimately didn’t pan out among players on.

For many, Fallout 76 will never be the Fallout they want from Bethesda next, but it’s clear that many millions are stuck waiting for Fallout 5.

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