Why Fallout 76's Custom Worlds Mode Is Better Than Public Worlds

Bethesda recently announced new, customizable world options for Fallout 76 in the form of Public and Custom Worlds, but Custom Worlds are likely to offer far more enjoyable experiences. Most multiplayer games provide methods for players to play privately with friends, and in a game like Fallout 76, where griefing and trolling can happen, Custom Worlds offer superior experiences to Public Worlds by incorporating a more inclusive customization system and restricting the population to invited players only.

Fallout Worlds is Bethesda's latest attempt to improve player experiences in Fallout 76. Early impressions of Fallout Worlds are promising, with Bethesda having tested several iterations of the update in Public Test Servers before launch. Custom Worlds and Public Worlds offer different features but do not provide Private or Public Adventure progress, to prevent unfair level boosting in the standard modes. Thankfully, Fallout Worlds offers other incentives for play.

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Fallout 76's Public Worlds have a glaring flaw compared to Custom Worlds: Bethesda will rotate Public Worlds on an unknown timetable. Only five Public Worlds in Fallout 76 have been revealed, catering to builders, PvP enthusiasts, and those looking for a little more chaos or difficulty. Unfortunately, players uninterested in the current Public World selection will need to wait until the rotation continues. Happy Builder, High Risk, Dweller Must Die, Quantum World, and Butcher's Delight are the only Public Worlds available to players. If these experiences aren't what a player is looking for, there's no choice but to wait for the selection to rotate (or wait until Bethesda develops more Public Worlds with different concepts).

While Bethesda's team has crafted a unique, exciting selection of worlds, their rotation and potential for griefing or trolling (at least outside of the Happy Builder Public World, which disables PvP entirely) could diminish the experience for some. Fallout 76's Custom World servers eliminate this threat, enabling a host to design every aspect of their post-apocalyptic Appalachia. Custom World hosts can adjust enemy spawns, building restrictions, gravity, difficulty level, weather, and more to craft a perfect Fallout experience. In addition, hosts can invite up to seven friends to play with and enjoy a private experience of their own crafting.

Fallout 76's Custom Worlds have one downside that may force players away: The mode is restricted to Fallout 1st members. Like most free-to-play MMOs, Fallout 76's Fallout 1st membership features monthly or yearly payments of $12.99 or $99.99, respectively. This membership gives access to Private Adventure (a private world for a host and seven friends), Custom Worlds, a Scrapbox for unlimited crafting storage, Atoms (premium currency), exclusive cosmetics, emotes, and more. The price tag attached is a significant investment but likely the most appealing option for players looking to enjoy a completely customizable experience. Additionally, only the owner of the Custom World needs to be a Fallout 1st member.

Fallout 76's Fallout Worlds update is officially live, with all players able to explore Bethesda's Public Worlds or create Custom Worlds. Plans to expand customizable options are underway, though it has no release date set. Despite its disappointing launch, Fallout 76 continues to grow and distance itself from its prior shortcomings. Whether players choose to spend their time in Public or Custom Worlds, this new chapter of Fallout 76 is certainly promising.

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