Bethesda reveals Fallout 76 ahead of E3

Alfred Osborne
May 31, 2018

Bethesda is hosting its own press conference during E3, on June 10 in Los Angeles, where more information about any new Fallout game is likely to be discussed. The title refers to Vault 76, a "control" vault that has been said to house up to 500 inhabitants and that would only open 20 years after a nuclear apocalypse. Sources told Kotaku that Fallout 76 started life as a multiplayer prototype for Fallout 4, but slowly evolved into an online survival RPG that takes inspiration from games such as Rust and DayZ. John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" plays over a nostalgia-fueled trip through Vault 76, well after the tricentennial celebration in 2076 as the shots of a Pip-Boy and computer terminal confirm a date of October 27, 2102.

Bethesda Softworks has announced a brand new Fallout game. While all Vaults functioned as advertised for all its inhabitants, the control vaults were created to open its doors for the objective of repopulation after a set period of time. However, Vault 76's name comes with a lot of history.

We further see our vault resident wearing a vault suit with a big "76" on its back, hinting that the player's origin will be of Vault No. 76. And it is a new single player Fallout game? The various references to Reclamation Day all suggest that we will be tasked with rebuilding civilization after the Great War, so perhaps we can expect a greater emphasis on the building game mechanics introduced in Fallout 4.

Just before the trailer went live there were more than 153,000 people watching the stream at the one time and we're certain we never saw the number drop below 30,000.

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The song was also first recorded in the early 70s, which could indicate that the game does have a 70s theme after all - rather than the usual retro-future version of the 50s.

A similar approach to this for Fallout 76 would not only set expectations, but also show that this game will standout from the other titles.

For those of you who haven't seen the trailer yet, you can watch it above. We'll see more of the game showcased at E3 2018. Judging from the trailer, Fallout 76 operates on the same technology that powered Fallout 4, so it'll be capable of some impressive visual feats and some sharp gunplay.

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