Following yesterday’s teases, Bethesda has delivered and formally announced Fallout 76. Director Todd Howard appeared on Bethesda stream late yesterday to provide an introduction to the new game. He promised further details at E3. Accompanying the announcement is a short trailer that sets the scene for the newest addition to the Fallout catalogue. Check it out below.
Vault 76 has been mentioned previously in the series as a control vault fit for 500 people scheduled to open 20 years after being sealed up. Other than this, the trailer is currently the best source of details. It opens with ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ by John Denver playing in the background, with a clear mention of West Virginia, possibly hinting at the location of the vault and setting for the game.
A terminal displays the date 27 October 2102, exactly 25 years after the nuclear attacks of the Great War occurred, suggesting the game takes place before any of the previous entries in the Fallout franchise. The trailer continues offering viewers a tour of a particularly noteworthy vault, if only because it is in reasonably good condition, other than the debris from a recent celebration of some sort called ’Reclamation Day’. Possibly an event surrounding the opening of the vault.
We also spotted a poster stating ‘1776 – 2076 Vault 76 – The Official Vault of The Tricentennial’. (1776 being when the US declared independence), a bunch of nuclear-themed board games, trophies, and the usual vault boy paraphernalia. Open beer bottles, fresh laundry, and a recently discarded meal all hint at recent habitation.
The trailer ends with an unnamed character with 76 etched onto their back equipping a pip-boy, possibly the main playable protagonist, whose face remains hidden throughout. It all ends with the tagline ‘In Vault 76, our future begins’.
Well-connected writer at Kotaku, Jason Schreier, reports murmurings of Fallout 76 being ‘an online game of some sort’, confirming the title is being developed by Bethesda’s offices in both Maryland and Austin.
More news in the coming weeks at Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase on June 10th.