Bethesda initiated a mysterious broadcast yesterday, asking fans to “Please Stand By” using Fallout’s signature loading screen as its backdrop. It seems that the stream’s 150,000 viewers can now rejoice, as the publisher has announced Fallout 76.
Fallout 76 kicks off its teaser trailer with the classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” suggesting that the title might be set in Virginia. As the camera zooms out, to the Pip-Boy that’s playing the song, the year displayed is 2102, pre-dating other main entries in the series but set just after Fallout 3’s Operation Anchorage, in which the simulation depicted events from 2076 to 2077.
Continuing the tour of Vault 76, we see the player character strapping the Pip-Boy onto their wrist in preparation for the Reclamation Day party. It hasn’t been made clear as to what Reclamation Day is, exactly, but it is likely the day that the Vault Dweller leaves regardless of its meaning.
Alongside being the year that Vault 76 was opened, 2076 is a significant year in Fallout lore as it marks the creation of the T-51b power armour and Nuka-Cola Quantum.
Fallout 76 will supposedly contain online elements to some degree, according to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, indicating that Bethesda might be experimenting away from its strictly single-player format.
I think it's really important to reiterate this: Anyone who spends the next two weeks expecting Fallout: 76 to be a new traditional single-player RPG will be VERY disappointed https://t.co/gUmNYtDXDS
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 30, 2018
Base building elements are also expected to return, according to a Redditor by the name of SoMeh, who predicted the title of the game a few hours before the announcement went live. Although Bethesda hasn’t elaborated on any of these claims, it is believed that this will be an adapted version of Fallout 4’s settlements.
Unfortunately, those eager for more details on the upcoming Fallout title will have to wait until Bethesda’s E3 conference, which takes place on June 10th at 6:30pm PT. That’s 2:30am on June 11th for folks here in the UK.
This is not Fallout 5, for those that were hoping for a new mainline entry, but instead a spin-off akin to that of Fallout: New Vegas. Obsidian Entertainment, developers of Fallout: New Vegas have already quelled suspicion of its involvement on Twitter.
KitGuru Says: Personally, I loved New Vegas, so I’m interested to see what kind of direction Bethesda will be taking Fallout 76. What do you want to see from the new title?