For as long as time has existed, fans have asked for a multiplayer Fallout title, but smaller in scope, with a two-player cooperative mode to start. Instead, we received a pseudo-MMO, which leaves many wondering whether you can play Fallout 76 offline or not.
Can Fallout 76 Be Played Offline?
Unfortunately, Fallout 76 does not include an offline mode, so you cannot play the game completely solo like past entries, such as Fallout 4 or Fallout: New Vegas. That said, you can play on a “private server” by paying for Fallout 1st, which unlocks the ability to host a world with your chosen settings. Here, you can play the whole experience completely alone.
And yes, even while playing a private server, you will still gain experience, unlock additional weapons and legendaries, and complete quests as usual. Your progress still transfers to the standard realm.
Unfortunately, Fallout 1st does come with a monthly subscription pricing plan. You must pay $12.99 per month to access private worlds. But for that monthly price, you also receive:
- Private Worlds
- Survival Tent
- Stash Upgrades (Unlimited Scrapbox)
- Ranger Armor Outfit
- 1650 Atoms
While the Atoms are excellent, the unlimited Scrapbox sells me. I wind up with so much junk because I’m still in the Fallout 4 mindset of scooping up every item I find. It’s mindboggling how much useless stuff is in Fallout 76, and it all weighs a ton. The Scrapbox allows you to store everything without wasting valuable stash space.
Whether you play in a private world or the standard realm with everyone else, Fallout 76 is in a fantastic place, and it’s well worth your time nowadays. If you want to make the most of its mechanics, including combat, we recommend learning how to use VATS.