According to Pete Hines, Bethesda’s PR chief, Fallout 76’s servers will continue to run forever. The new Fallout game is completely online and focused on multiplayer, so Bethesda doesn’t think the servers will ever be shut down. So you can walk around Appalachia until the end of time approaches.

“The Fallout 76 servers will stay online forever,” Bethesda PR boss Pete Hines said in an interview with Gamespot. Hines indicated that Bethesda obviously did not think that Fallout 76 will only last a few years and drew the comparison with World of Warcraft:

How long has WoW been up now? Is that game planning to sunset in a year? I seriously doubt it.

Fallout 76 is not playable without an internet connection, so Bethesda itself has to continue to pay structurally for running servers. Suppose there comes a point when Bethesda says that the focus should shift to a title that is more played, then what?

To that question Hines answered as follows:

We’re going to keep going as long as people keep playing it and it shows no sign of slowing down. Once we get to private servers or whatever happens in the years following; I don’t know. Maybe there’s a point where it doesn’t matter. But … this is a massive franchise and a massive undertaking, and our commitment to it is it is never-ending, and that it continues on an ongoing basis.

Should the servers of Fallout 76 ever be turned off by Bethesda, then you basically own a worthless disc. You can’t do anything with it anymore. In any case, Hines doesn’t want to know about that yet, the game has yet to be released next week:

I see a plan for this game for years and years and years. So talking about when it’s not up is kind of irrelevant. I have nothing to look at that says it’s not going to be up forever.

Fallout 76 will be released on November 14 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. This Friday, Ninja, Logic and Rick & Morty will go live to stream Fallout 76. Read more about the live stream with fictional and non-fictional superstars here. Check out gameplay from Fallout 76 here and a short live-action trailer can be viewed here.