Fallout 76 is the next entry in the Fallout series from Bethesda Game Studios. Based on a brief teaser, the game is set in 2102 and centers around a survivor from Vault 76. Not much else can be gleaned off of the 90-second announcement, but some fans are already speculating that the inclusion of a John Denver song, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” indicates that the game will be set in West Virginia.
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Kotaku reports that Fallout 76 is actually an online survival RPG in the same vein as Rust and DayZ. The game, which reportedly began as a multiplayer mode for Fallout 4, will supposedly feature quests and a story as well as base-building mechanics.
Bethesda said in a press release that fans should expect to see more of the game during the company’s E3 showcase on Sunday, June 10 at 9:30 pm ET.
For diehard Fallout fans, the wait for the Bethesda announcement seemed interminable. It all started on May 29 when the Bethesda Game Studios Twitter account sent out a tweet that featured the familiar “Please Stand By” screen from previous Fallout games. Bethesda also used the “Please Stand By” screen to reveal Fallout 4 back in 2015.
Bethesda’s cryptic message became even more interesting when Bethesda’s Twitch channel began broadcasting footage of a Fallout bobblehead standing in front of a screen bearing the same “Please Stand By” footage. Almost 100,000 people tuned into the stream in anticipation of further information.
Several theories about what the announcement could be spread across the internet, from Fallout 5 to a remaster of Fallout 3. Some fans hoped that perhaps a new Fallout Tactics would be on the way. In the end, Bethesda’s reveal proves to be even more enigmatic: is Fallout 76 truly an online RPG experience? If so, the franchise will have indeed followed in the footsteps of its vault dwellers and stepped into new and unexplored territory…