Fallout 76's battle royale mode is getting nuked in September

Bethesda is killing Nuclear Winter two years after announcing it.

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As it turns out, not every game needs a battle royale mode after all. Almost two years to the day after announcing Nuclear Winter, Fallout 76's take on the genre, Bethesda Game Studios says it's shutting down the mode in September due to dwindling player interest.

Although many players dove into Nuclear Winter in the mode's early days, since then, "we’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game," the development team wrote in a blog post. "It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times."

Bethesda has also found it challenging to keep working on "meaningful updates" for the mode while developing updates for Adventure Mode at the same time. The developers acknowledged some will be disappointed by the move and said they're working to include other player vs. player options. There'll be more info about new ways to play the game later this year.

To try and make up for killing off Nuclear Winter, Bethesda will give players perk coins based on their level and how many Overseer Tickets they earned. Everyone who finishes at least one match will receive a Nuclear Winter-themed pennant as well. Many of the rewards players could earn through battle royale matches are coming to Adventure Mode, so they won't be unobtainable after Nuclear Winter is axed.

Fallout 76 will be featured at the big Bethesda and Xbox E3 showcase on Sunday, where the dev team will share some details about what's coming to the game down the road. Meanwhile, if you've been curious about Fallout 76 but haven't checked it out, you can play the entire game for free until June 16th.