Fallout 76 Wont Have Any Quest-Giving NPCs, No Human NPCs At All

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Aug 12, 2018 10:09 AM
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Fallout 76 strays a heck of a long way from the traditional 3D Fallout formula, and nowhere is this more apparent than how it’s approach to quest design. It’s an online-focused experience set shortly after the first-ever Vault Dwellers head to the surface, meaning there are no NPC humans whatsoever in its post-apocalyptic world. At all. The only people you’re going to see are other players themselves.

“There aren’t NPCs in terms of being human characters, but there’s other stuff out in the world – there’s robots and other things you can talk to that will give you quests,” said Bethesda VP of global marketing, Pete Hines, to VG247.

There’s going to be a much smaller populace in Fallout 76 though, and Bethesda is hoping the environments themselves will do the storytelling. “It wasn’t like there was nobody here between the bombs and me walking out of the vault – other people have been here, so what have they been doing, how have they been surviving, and what was going on?”

Much of what’s happened can be deciphered by looking at the world itself, or examining notes and rifling through computers. It’ll be a look at the past rather than the present though, and Bethesda hopes the present stories will be provided by the players themselves interacting with one another.

There will, thankfully, be the main questline in Fallout 76, but the majority will be odds and ends that players discover along the way. “You’ll get some quests by just exploring – here’s some holotapes and some guy’s story, here’s what he was doing. He disappeared, where did he go? See if you can figure it out. It’s a lot of that, as opposed to talking to an NPC and getting story that way,” continued Hines.

It certainly sounds a little worrying. Bethesda is going out on a limb with Fallout 76 and there’s certainly going to be an expectation from fans that they can do some in-depth questing and exploration. Those thirsting for quests will still be able to find them, although it sounds as if they’ll be slightly more generic quests obtained from holotapes and computer terminals.

What are your thoughts, can Bethesda find a winning formula with Fallout 76’s quest systems? Or are you worried the online element is going to make Fallout 76’s story suffer? Let us know what you think of the situation below!

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17:38 Aug-13-2018

Just because there won't be NPCs doesn't directly mean the story will suffer. This vault is opening only 20 years after the bombs dropped so it's understandable the populace number will suffer. Different does not mean worse.

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12:21 Aug-13-2018

That was already told us at the E3, old news really.

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22:33 Aug-12-2018

How do they explain that we are all that same one person who left vault 76?

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23:56 Aug-12-2018

But no you aren't.
Players are the vault dwellers from the Vault 76, not one person but all of them.

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05:35 Aug-13-2018

Ah...I got the impression from the trailer that you woke up late and everyone else had already left. Maybe I was reading too much into it.


Either way, if everybody is from the same vault wouldn't the main motivation be co-op? Unless someone goes rogue, everyone you run into should, more or less, be "on your side."

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12:04 Aug-13-2018

That I guess we'll have to wait for and see.

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20:28 Aug-12-2018

Let's wait and see.. sounds like a terribly boring game.. much like No Mans Sky when it was first released.. alot of exploration without anything to do.. hmm.

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12:23 Aug-13-2018

Knowing Bethesda there will be a lot to do.

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18:37 Aug-12-2018

They're just giving me more reasons to not buy this game.

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16:21 Aug-12-2018

I think this game will fail compared to others fallout, dont like the online element of this game, and simple quests gudging from this article.

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14:46 Aug-12-2018

Well, at least they are trying something different. Who knows, it may be a great game, just sounds like it won't be good...

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13:16 Aug-12-2018

I feel this is going to be a flop. Seems like a cash grab.

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12:47 Aug-12-2018

Every time I read something new about this game I´m less and less interested.

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11:23 Aug-12-2018

Well I just going to resell it ... Oh wait! I can't! Thanks Bethesda!

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11:13 Aug-12-2018

If the game has "Fallout" in its name, then I'll play it (it's my favorite franchise after all). I can live with this online only part. The game seems to be more focused on PVE, which I like.

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12:43 Aug-12-2018

It the main focus of the game is survival and there are monsters to kill then I am up for it. If PvP is something that happens occasionally, but isn't the main focus then I'm up for it. If there's incentive to jump to PvP all the time then I am up for that. It's just gonna PvP all the time then I am not up for it. I can't stand DayZ with it's only PvP structure.

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13:37 Aug-12-2018

I don't want to sound like a prick but that's a really stupid reason to buy a game for.
If you're a fan of a franchise buying everything with its name on it is a pretty good way to ruin the series for yourself. Something is eventually going to leave a bad impression which can imprint on the franchise as a whole.

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13:52 Aug-12-2018

So you would rather cling to nostalgia and memory of the past than try out new experiences? How can you judge anything if all that you have is second hand accounts & guesswork.
Fallout 3 was a huge deviation from its predecessors that many called it a pre emptive fail & hurled every kind of abuse at the devs. Was any of the unneeded and ignorant hate worth it?
Fallout 76 could be a flop or a hit, the Devs have earned enough trust that the community shud try it b4 judging

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15:39 Aug-12-2018

I never said you shouldn't ever try something new. Also not everyone has the luxury to judge everything first hand so you use what you can.
My point was simple. Just because something holds a familiar name shouldn't ever make it a must buy on those basis alone.
His comment clearly shows that he has doubts about the game, but it also shows that he's buying the game solely because of it's title.

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15:39 Aug-12-2018

So, to summarize. If your only reason to buy something is only it's title, then you should wait until you have more information to make an informed decision.
This is nothing against the Devs, but being successful doesn't mean everything you come up with next is going to be just as good, it only means that they're capable of delivering something good.

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18:03 Aug-12-2018

tell that to fans of project red that waits for cyber punk lol

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09:55 Aug-13-2018

@TheEmperor96, and that capability is worth investing in. Just as TheGravityX has little to no info about the game, so dont you or anyone else. If his optimism and faith in the franchise is misplaced so is your pessimism and cynicism.
And im pointing out what u said b4 "Something is eventually going to leave a bad impression which can imprint on the franchise as a whole." Of course silly, nothing will ever be perfect, but this fear shudnt paralyze you. Dont hope for a fail.

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10:00 Aug-13-2018

Take the example of Andromeda. Did it fail to live upto the Mass Effect standard, yes, but that dont mean you should scrap the whole franchise, nor does it mean Mass Effect trilogy suddenly lost all its greatness. DA 2 was ok-ish but as a sequel was way off mark, but Inquisition was worth investing in, it brought back the game in line with the original and justified the 2nd game as well.
Fallout 76 could be another Battlefront or another New Vegas. Give it a chance first

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15:03 Aug-13-2018

I'm not being cynical nor pessimistic. I'm just being a realist. Buying a product, any product, based solely on it's name and good track record of their previous products is a really good way to burn yourself. Yes, due to their good track record, the product you bought will most likely be good, but you're still buying something that doesn't exist based solely on something that does but isn't it.

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10:49 Aug-12-2018

Beginning to sound more and more disappointing

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10:20 Aug-12-2018

"Fallout 76 Wont Have Any Quest-Giving NPCs"
"there’s robots and other things you can talk to that will give you quests"
Bait for the Marketing God, Clicks for the Statistics Throne!

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10:11 Aug-12-2018

Mostly like Fallout 76 is not going to be Fallout at all.

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