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Survival in the Commonwealth Arrives for Testing

Posted by Suzie Ford on Mar 29, 2016  | Comments

Survival in the Commonwealth Arrives for Testing - Fallout 4 - MMORPG.com

Fallout 4's Survival Mode is ready and waiting for the strong of heart. As of today, Survival Mode and its newly overhauled features is available for PC players via Steam, with the console version headed into game next month.

In a new blog post on the Fallout 4 portion of the Bethblog, two FO4 designers, Josh Hamrick and Jon Paul Duvall, discuss some of the recent changes to Survival Mode and the reasons behind their decisions.

At a high level, we wanted to force you to make interesting choices. We did that by bringing more contrasting motivations to Fallout 4 using the type of circular systems you might find in a game like Dark Souls. (By which we mean, two or more systems that push against each other.) This resulted in four major pillars for Survival Mode.

  1. Strategy: Intensify decisions involving when to get into combat versus when to avoid it, and also make you think more about what gear to take into combat. Then back up those decisions with faster, more brutal fights.
     
  2. Exploration: Slow down the pace of the game and encourage players to explore the nooks and crannies of the world.
     
  3. Resource Management: Balance out items in the world that may be too easy to acquire or horde, giving players more to consider when planning their current loadout.
     
  4. Role Playing: Increase the realism of the world and the issues one might face there.

Read more at the link above.

Will you be trying out Survival Mode? Let us know what you find out!

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom