Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter mode goes offline in September

"Players prefer to explore other aspects of the game."

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter mode, its take on the popular battle royale genre, will go offine in September, Bethesda has announced.

Taking to a blog, Bethesda said that, “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.”

A September update will take the mode offline for good.

“We know that some of you are incredibly passionate about Nuclear Winter, and that you may find this news disappointing. Ending support for the mode was a difficult decision, and not one that we made lightly. We’re still working to provide methods of PVP combat for those who enjoy squaring off against other former Vault Dwellers, and a little later this year, we will release details on how we plan to offer players even more ways to play Fallout 76.”

Bethesda has also promised compensation for anyone who has participated in Nuclear Winter, “from those who only joined a single match to our most battle-hardened Overseers.”

Fallout 76 is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S & X, PS4 and PS5. The title is currently free-to-play all week.

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