Up For Debate - What is Fallout 76 and What are you Hoping It'll be?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Jun 3, 2018 4:14 PM
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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!

What would you prefer Fallout 76 to be?

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19:38 Jun-04-2018

I want a true Fallout unlike "4"... something like New Vegas with gtood rpg elements and story pls

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09:54 Jun-04-2018

Hows about going back to the Fallout 1 & 2 style? Not that I personally want it, bust just to see what happens afterwards

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16:50 Jun-04-2018

Don't know why people would vote that down but I couldn't agree more. I've always wanted them to turn V.A.T.S. into an optional turn-based mode. That would give the shooter crowd the option to play their way and the OG Fallout people an option to play it proper. Both worlds win!

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08:26 Jun-05-2018

Maybe because few of F2 devs went to create Wasteland series and other studio. I absolutely love Wasteland 2 and Director's Cut from it. Looking forward to Wasteland 3 like no other. Yes it's a "you lead a team" like Baldur's Gate but it's great. Even better than Pillar's of Eternity in many aspects and from same developers, but you can't go wrong with this. What Fallout series have become is way beyond consumer's wanting. I don't wanna kick it because it may kick back but people should be more cautious when buying and especially pre-ordering games.

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09:42 Jun-04-2018

I'm just hoping it's not a online survival game or a mobile game!!!!

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09:29 Jun-04-2018

Co-op Base0Builder with management stratefy elements.

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00:24 Jun-04-2018

According to the leaks on 4chan, it´s centered around base building and can be played in co-op or solo, i remember reading something like "you shouldn´t worry about the online component, if you liked new vegas you will like this one"

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00:24 Jun-04-2018

... but then again this is an anonymous leak from 4chan, so we can´t be certain of any of it.

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07:49 Jun-04-2018

Many times, although being an anon community, proved to be right in many aspects so i wouldn't dismiss it.
If something needs digging up real hard, rest assured, they will do it.

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22:58 Jun-03-2018

I hope it will be open world RPG with optional co-op and maybe some other optional multiplayer features. I hope it will be in new engine, it would be about time. But I guess we will have to see when they reveal it at E3.

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22:16 Jun-03-2018

Battle royale for sure, bethesda wants to make money

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20:46 Jun-03-2018

I only hope that I can explore a big world on my own without multiplayer if I don't want it.

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20:03 Jun-03-2018

I'm expecting it to be a Co-Op (Not completely online) RPG, with survival style gameplay, where you can be outside only as long as your hazmat suit and oxygen hold up (Because it's still early after the war and Radiation is probably everywhere).
Returning to the vault with findings/information and then going out again.
Establishing bases outside the vault as a sort of "pit stop" in order to keep exploring further as time goes on, etc.

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19:45 Jun-03-2018

My guess is it will also use an enhanced Fallout 4 engine and next year or the year after there will be a VR release of the same game.

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19:07 Jun-03-2018

Hope is 1 thing and cashgrab that other thing. The whole purpose of all open world titles was to put yourself into them, play and mod them till you drop.

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18:57 Jun-03-2018

It will be 2D platformer :P

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19:24 Jun-03-2018

LUL

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17:34 Jun-03-2018

I think it will have regular mod support like Fallout 4 but there will be prevention to go Multiplayer with them. Same with GTA Online.
It will be Normal Fallout game with option go Online

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17:31 Jun-03-2018

I can't help but think that this game's gonna have a MGSV vibe to it. I mean, there's gonna be one base that you have to expand, and you can even recruit survivors. The game being a co-op is the maximum multiplayer mode I can tolerate though. I play games like Fallout to get away from people.

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17:26 Jun-03-2018

Jon obviously didn't even watch the teaser because in the teaser you can clearly see that the game is set in 2102 which is 25 after the bombs fell. Fallout 4 is in 2287 like and that's like 200 years after the bombs fell. Also multiple sources confirmed it won't be a BR game so you can write that off.

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05:56 Jun-04-2018

and not a chance of it being a mobil game!

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10:08 Jun-04-2018

It was a point of discussion, not a stated fact. Evidently, I did watch it, live in fact, and put an article up 10 minutes later :) http://www.game-debate.com/news/25156/bethesda-announces-fallout-76-based-upon-vault-76

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