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Learn How To C.A.M.P. In Fallout 76

Time to pitch those tents and break out the jumbo marshmallows!

by Jacob Bukacek

Gamescom is here it’s brought plenty of tasty announcements with it, including a brand new trailer for Fallout 76. The game’s latest video doesn’t show any new gameplay, but it does describe a few features players will be able to enjoy after emerging from their vault.

The Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform, or C.A.M.P. functions much like a portable settlement site. It can create everything a newly-emerged wasteland settler needs to survive. One just has to feed it the necessary raw materials. The cartoon depicts Vault Boy doing literal mining, an activity that would be brand new to the Fallout series. Even if it does turn out to be a real gathering mechanic, it sounds like players won’t have to engage with it if they don’t want to. They can continue to scavenge junk and turn it into building materials just like in Fallout 4.

It appears that base defense will be even more important in Fallout 76 than it was in Fallout 4. Settlements in Fallout 4 saw attacks from time to time, but they were usually nothing that a few laser turrets couldn’t handle. If selecting a secure location is as important as this video makes it out to be, then the West Virginian wildlife might be a tad more aggressive than their Commonwealth cousins, not to mention other players. In order to encourage players to seek out the best possible spot, the C.A.M.P. can be picked up and moved at anytime.

The animation also briefly describes an in-game economy system that will allow players to buy and sell from one another. This currency can then be used to purchase special decorations and other luxuries for one’s base. Bethesda recently revealed some info on how PvP works, but their statement didn’t specify whether or not players can be robbed like Vault-Boy is in this trailer. Resources must be more scarce in Fallout 76 than in Fallout 4 if players can expect others to buy their goods. If this is the case, then being a robbing raider could potentially be a viable way to play.

Fallout 76 is set to release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 14 with an open beta coming sometime in October. There are still many questions swirling around about the game and not that much time left for Bethesda to show fans what exactly this game is all about. A cartoon is always fun, but actual gameplay is always more useful when trying to make a purchasing decision.

(Bonus points to anyone who can pick out the Wilhelm scream.)

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