Bethesda Game Studios set pulses racing this week with the official announcement of Fallout 76. For a new game from Bethesda themselves though, the reaction has been mixed. That’s probably more out of confusion than anything else though, as Bethesda has revealed a game without actually really telling us anything at all.

Is Fallout 76 a new RPG? Is it a mobile game? Is this considered a proper sequel to Fallout 4? Or is it a prequel to Fallout 1? We’ve got precious little to subsist on until E3 next week, but that’s not going to stop us speculating as to what Bethesda has up its sleeve.

The most immediate question is whether Fallout 76 is being considered a sequel to Fallout 4. All signs currently point to no. In the reveal trailer, we can see Fallout 76 is probably using the exact same version of the Gamebryo engine used in Fallout 4. It also appears to be reusing plenty of the same assets, lending credence to the idea that Fallout 76 is a New Vegas-style spin-off, or a totally new style of game entirely.

One aspect that does lend weight to Fallout 76 being a proper Fallout RPG is that Bethesda Game Studios themselves are heading up development, aided by Battlecry Studios. Bethesda doesn’t tend to do things by halves. Almost its entire back catalogue consists of open-world role-playing games. It’s been three years since Fallout 4, they’ve had plenty of time to create a sequel or spin-off using the same engine and reusing much of the assets.

Another theory is that Fallout 76 is a pseudo-sequel to Fallout Shelter, the mobile free-to-play vault management game. It definitely sounds plausible. Imagine this: Players begin life in Vault 76, one of the few Control Vaults. After a few hundred years it’s sort of safe to go outside, and it’s down to the player to venture out to find supplies and other survivors, bringing them all back to the vault. This could be combined with the usual RPG and questing gameplay, as well as expanding on the base-building aspect. We’ve also heard reports that Fallout 76 may include online elements, and raids on other players’ vaults would fit nicely into this.

Yet another theory lies in this multiplayer idea. Perhaps Fallout 76 is a fully multiplayer game, possibly even a… last-man-standing survival royale, or something to that effect?

Or, I could be talking gibberish and Fallout 76 is, in fact, none of these things. We’ll know all about it come June 10th, but in the meantime, we were wondering what you think Fallout 76 is going to be? Conversely, what do you hope it’s going to be? Let us know your conspiracy theories below!

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