Bethesda has unleashed a new live-action trailer for its upcoming post apocalyptic multiplayer survival title Fallout 76. As an introduction to the travails of co-operative survival in the Fallout universe, the trailer is a joshing affair sound tracked by the uplifting Wouldn’t It Be Nice by the Beach Boys.
The drab palette of the actual game is replaced by pristine dusk sunsets, colorful forests, and jovial campfire gatherings with prerequisite marshmallows. Characters with radiant smiles fire high powered weapons is absolute glee, squads roam as if on a leisurely walk through a verdant park, and a nuclear detonation is appreciated as one would a particularly stunning rainbow. If that wasn’t enough, a giant mangy CGI sloth is about the cutest thing to come out of the Fallout universe, well, ever.
It’s all very tongue-in-cheek and works incredibly well in unison with the vibe pushed out by Bethesda with the string of cartoon educational videos starring Vault Boy we’ve been privy to up to now. The trailer is reminiscent of a promotional video for a holiday park, showcasing all the fun activities you and your friends can get up to in the desolate lands of the post-apocalyptic Appalachian wasteland. It also fits in nicely with the marketing alliance between Bethesda and the West Virginia tourist board.
The Fallout 76 beta goes live for PlayStation 4 and PC this weekend. Xbox One players had a go this past weekend and we’ll be able to get involved once again. Bethesda have warned players to expect ‘spectacular issues’ due to the ongoing development of the game and the unexpected problems inherent to such an ambitious project.
As for the full release, November 14th is the date.