But this is Bethesda. Huge company. Beloved company. Beloved brand. To gamble away your good will on this - I don't get it. Why take the risk?
Fallout 4 made A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, more money than any game they ever made on past games, and Bethesda for years now has coasted on a, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. They find something that works, and they milk it until its dead, revive it, and then milk it some more. Fallout 76 is their single player Fallout 4 game with a multiplayer mod slapped onto it. Literally, the same code found in the game for its giant flying bats is the same code used in Skyrim from 2011 where you fought dragons.
So in short, it was the lure of having money to burn/make. It was also the first time that Fallout 4 money gave them the resources to make all these games as once. Maryland is making their single player games while Texas takes their old shit, slaps band-aids on it and calls it a game.
Now I do think F76 has some potential down the road if Bethesda doesn't just shelf the whole thing in embarrassment. I am enjoying it because I enjoy survival games. If Bethesda can No Man's Sky this game into a good thing remains to be seen though.
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