Bethesda Game Studios has officially revealed Fallout: 76 after one of those painful live Twitch streams where nothing happens for 24 hours, seemingly designed so everyone can come to terms with their own mortality. It's the latest game in the Fallout open-world RPG series. Damn, they’ve skipped a lot of Fallouts making this one.
We got the first teaser trailer for Fallout 76, showcasing the titular Vault 76, seemingly abandoned but for a sole survivor and his Pip-Boy. There are balloons and confetti all about the place, celebrating an occasion known as ‘Reclamation Day’.
Vault 76 is one of the 17 different Control Vaults built by Vault-Tec Corporation. These are the few vaults within which no experiments took place. They were built as intended to protect the population inside. This particular vault is located in Washington DC, which is the same location as Fallout 3. Fallout 76 takes place in 2102 though, while Fallout 3 took place in 2277.
Details on Fallout 76 are unfortunately a little thin on the ground, with Bethesda saying we’re going to see more on the game during the Bethesda E3 Showcase which takes place on June 10th at 6:30pm PT.
Over on Kotaku, they say that they’ve heard that Fallout 76 is “an online game of some sort”, but there’s nothing else to back that tentative claim up just yet. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything.
Personally, my money is on a pseudo-Fallout Shelter sequel. Vault 76 is the base of operations, and then it can be expanded with new rooms and facilities. Players could also venture out to find supplies and other survivors, building up a stockpile of food and weapons. From here it's easy to envisage the multiplayer opportunities - invading other vaults to steal their supplies, or potentially trading.
What do you think Fallout 76 is? Full-blown Fallout 4 sequel, or perhaps something else?