After a lengthy Twitch stream we knew was leading to the announcement of something Fallout related. Overnight Bethesda have revealed the latest project for the Fallout franchise, Fallout 76.
Not much is known about the title for now. But Bethesda have confirmed that more will be discussed at their E3 showcase this year, which is just a few weeks away.
That hasn’t stopped some sharp eyed fan’s and industry insiders from revealing some further details about the new game though. But take these with a grain of salt until Bethesda themselves confirm more details.
The game is presumably set in the year of 2102, based on the date subtly displayed on a Pip-Boy in the trailer, 25 years after the Great War, and involves Vault 76, which if you’re a fan of Fallout lore may have heard it referenced in both Fallout 3 and 4 as being one of the 17 control vaults.
The vault contained 500 occupants and was designed to open 20 years after a nuclear war, meaning that it was used as a baseline to compare to experimental vaults.
In Fallout 4, the newsreader in the prologue mentions Vault 76 debuting in 2076 in honour of America’s tercentenary when discussing Vault-Tec’s plans to expand.
Kotaku journalist and known industry insider Jason Schreier has reportedly spoken to a few of the developers involved in the project who have revealed that Fallout 76 is an online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games such as DayZ and Rust.
Fallout 76 will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios. It will also feature base-building which was a new mechanic introduced in Fallout 4 as well as other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to the sources Jason spoke to.
It is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios in Maryland (known for Fallout 3, Skyrim, Fallout 4) and also the newer office in Austin. It’s not currently clear which studio is more involved with the development of Fallout 76 but it’s pretty safe to say this isn’t the only game in the works at the Maryland office.
Both Fallout 3 and 4 were set hundreds of years after the Great War of 2077, but with Fallout 76 expected to be set a mere 25 years after the blast we can expect a different type of Fallout game than what we’ve played before.
Expect there to be a lot less civilisation and likely less fully evolved mutants and creatures. The trailer mentions “When the fighting is stopped, and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild.” and knowing that there are building mechanics in the game, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to expect that a core part of this game could be the rebuilding and launch of the new civilisation.
We’re definitely looking forward to the new Fallout game after this Fallout 76 reveal. You can check out the reveal teaser as well as selected screenshots from the game below.