'Fallout 76' deals with trolls by making them part of the game

QuakeCon 2018: Constant Fallout 76 player-killers earn 'wanted murderer' bounty status

QuakeCon 2018: Constant Fallout 76 player-killers earn 'wanted murderer' bounty status

Leveling up and customizing your character in Fallout 76 will work much differently from the way it did in Fallout 4.

As soon as Bethesda announced that Fallout 76 would feature PvE and PvP elements, players had concerns about griefing. The reward, of course, will be higher for trolls with higher in-game levels. All normal so far. Then you pick the Gladiator Perk Card, which increases your melee weapon damage by 10 percent. However, where the game differs is in its use of the new Perk Cards. Respawning in the closest point to where the player died or at Vault 76 will be free while other places will cost points.

Perk Cards are the new way to build out and specialize your character: they have their own SPECIAL requirements, but as long as you meet them, you can add that card to your collection - no random rolls whatsoever (though there are also randomized Perk Packs you get every few levels). You'll only be able to equip cards up to the value of the corresponding S.P.E.C.I.A.L: with a strength stat of three, you'll only be able to equip three one-point perk cards, for instance. You can also power up cards by combining them, though that will increase their point cost too. Essentially, every time a player levels up, they can invest a point into one of their attributes. The packs might give you perks that are above your current level, which will let you plan ahead. Fallout 76 will include a revenge mechanic that doubles the usual payout if you take down the person who killed you.

This suggests that mutations will be a replacement for the traits system seen in Fallout 3 and New Vegas - strange, and sometimes comedic modifiers that come with as many drawbacks as benefits.

The game begins with you creating your character, just like always. Bethesda mostly left the details of mutations for another day, but they sound like weird fun.