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Some of Bethesda's datamining fans have uncovered some exciting information about Game of the Year winner, Fallout 4. Bethesda have since come out and confirmed the info, stating that their fans were indeed "too smart." They're currently still developing the new mode for Fallout 4 and have yet to reveal any information regarding its release or whether it'll be a part of planned DLC packs.

The new mode is designed to challenge those who found the trials of the wasteland too easy.

"Survival upends many of the rules of life in the Commonwealth for maximum challenge." Redditor rayQuGR

Know that this mode won't be for the faint hearted. Shall we take a look?

Fallout 4 - Survival Mode Introduces The Reality of Commonwealth Life

Fallout 4 DLC
Fallout 4 DLC

First off, once it's available, you'll simply have to press [Pause], select "Settings," then "Gameplay" and choose "Survival" from the "Difficulty" options. Easy enough. Now let's see how drastically things are gonna change:

  • Saving - Manual and quicksaving are disabled. To save your game, you'll need to find a bed and sleep for at least an hour.
  • Combat - Combat is more lethal for everyone. You now deal, but also take, more damage. You can increase the damage you deal even further with "Adrenaline" (see below).
  • Fast Travel - Fast Travel is disabled. If you wish to be somewhere, you'll have to physically travel there.
  • Weighted Ammo - Bullets and shells now all have a small amount of weight, which varies by caliber. Heavier items such as fusion cores, rockets, and mini-nukes can really drag you down.
  • Compass - Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, as enemies will no longer appear on your compass. As well, the distance at which locations of interest will appear has been significantly shortened.
  • Adrenaline - Survival automatically grants the Adrenaline perk, which provides a bonus to your damage output. Unlike other perks, the only way to increase your rank of the Adrenaline perk is by getting kills (hostile or otherwise). The higher your Adrenaline rank, the higher the damage bonus. Sleeping for more than an hour, however, will cause your Adrenaline rank to lower. You can check your current Adrenaline rank at any time in the Perks section on the Stat tab in your Pip-Boy.
Fallout 4 DLC
Fallout 4 DLC
  • Wellness - You'll find it difficult to survive without taking proper care of yourself. You must stay hydrated, fed, and rested to remain combat-ready. Going for extended periods of time without food, water, or sleep will begin to adversely affect your health, hurting your SPECIAL stats, adding to your Fatigue (see "Fatigue" below), lowering your immunity (see "Sickness" below), and eventually even dealing physical damage to you.
  • Fatigue - Fatigue works like radiation but affects your Action Points (AP) rather than your Hit Points (HP). The more Fatigue you've built up, the less AP you'll have for other actions. The amount of Fatigue you've accumulated is displayed in red on your AP bar.
  • Sickness - A comprised immune system and a few questionable decisions can end up getting you killed. Eating uncooked meat, drinking un-purified water, taking damage from disease-ridden sources, such as ghouls and bugs, or using harmful Chems all put your body at increased risk for various ill effects. When you are afflicted with an illness, a message will appear onscreen. You can view specifics about your current illnesses by navigating to the Status section on your Pip-Boy's Data tab and pressing [RShoulder] to view your active effects.
Fallout 4 DLC
Fallout 4 DLC
  • Antibiotics - Antibiotics, which can be crafted at Chem Stations or purchased from doctors, heal the various effects of sickness.
  • Bed Types - The type of bed you're sleeping in determines the length of time you are able to stay asleep. A sleeping bag will save your game and may help save your life when you're desperate, but it will never allow for a full night's rest and the benefits that come with it.
  • Crippled Limbs - Crippled limbs will no longer auto-heal after combat and will remain crippled until healed by a Stimpak.
  • Carry Weight - Exceeding your carry weight reduces your Endurance and Agility stats and periodically damages your legs and health. Think of your back!
  • Companions - Companions will no longer automatically get back up if downed during combat and will return home if abandoned without being healed.
  • Enemy and Loot Repopulation - Locations you've cleared will now repopulate enemies and loot at a significantly slower rate.

Are You Excited For Fallout 4's Survival Mode & DLC?

Fallout 4 DLC
Fallout 4 DLC

So what do you make of that, Fallout fans? Is this everything that you've been waiting for with Fallout 4? Will you be taking the challenge once this mode gets a release date? Additionally, are you excited for Bethesda's DLC packs? Which pack is more appealing to you? Personally, I'm dying to check out Far Harbor and the new narrative that Bethesda have concocted for us. Let us know where you stand in the comments below!

Sources: Kotaku - Reddit


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