Back in the day I was all in on consuming every last bit of info for an upcoming game. We (bloggers) almost all did it for Warhammer Online, but I’ve done it many times for many titles in the past. Analyzing every screen shot, watching every interview or preview, diving deep deep into forums about the game, the works. In some ways, that part of gaming can be more fun than actually playing the game, which says a lot about both the games and the fans…
Today I just don’t have the time, energy, or desire to do that though, even for titles I’m really excited about. I still believe Crowfall will be a fun MMO, but its literally been years since I’ve kept up with its development, and can’t even bother to log into the alpha/beta/whatever that is happening right now. I invested real money in Pillars of Eternity 2, and I didn’t bother reading most of the updates prior to its release. And now today, I ‘know enough’ about Fallout76 to (mostly) stop caring about new info.
On Fallout76 specifically, do I know exactly what the game will be? Not really, no. I’m still unsure (and I suspect so are the devs) about how far the multiplayer vs letting you solo thing will go. Can you actually solo in the traditional definition of that term? If I want to play it exclusively co-op, can I do that even prior to the release of private servers? Does it have ‘real’ Fallout stories/quests, or is everything far more shallow and short-looped? Beta will answer most if not all of that, and then things will change anyway because that’s how games are these days.
But I know enough about Fallout76 to know I’ll most likely buy it (short of beta feedback being a total disaster). I can’t buy the special edition since that’s sold out, and the game isn’t on Steam (yet?), but it has my attention enough with what I have seen to remain interested, if from the outside sometimes looking in.