After yesterday’s cryptic social media tease we reported on, today Bethesda let the cat out of the bag. As suspected a new entry in the nuclear-wasteland RPG series is set to arrive, Fallout 76. It is not known yet what kind of game Fallout 76 is concretely going to be but Kotaku writer Jason Schreier alluded to sources that it will be an online game. We might be looking at Bethesda taking a similar approach with their second big RPG franchise and make an MMO spin-off similar to Elder Scrolls Online. Only this time set in the Fallout universe.
While very little of substance materialized yesterday, many thousand fans eagerly followed Bethesda’s Twitch stream which showed little more than a Vault Boy bobblehead and a “Please Stand By” image. After all, a possible entry in one of Bethesda’s two major RPG franchises, Fallout & The Elder Scrolls, always is a big deal. There were speculations whether fans would have to stay patient until Bethesda’s E3 press conference in the coming weeks but thankfully today we got some extra information.
The official Fallout Twitter account posted a teaser trailer, unveiling the new title in the cult Fallout franchise. Adding to that they wrote:
There’s little doubt fans and media are hard at work trying to decipher every little information they can get out of the trailer and tweet. So far, it seems very likely that the new game will take place shortly after a global nuclear war in the year 2077 turns the whole into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. In the trailer we can see a vault resident putting on a Pip-Boy where the date shows as October 27 2102. This would mark Fallout 76 as a prequel to even the first game which was set in the year 2161.
We further see our vault resident wearing a vault suit with a big “76” on its back, hinting that the player’s origin will be of Vault No. 76. On top of that we are shown a little clip of a television broadcast, presumably from just before the nuclear war starts. Add a poster we quickly catch a glimpse with the date 1776-2076, celebrating 300 years of a sovereign America, we can safely assume the 76 in Fallout 76 will have more than one meaning.
As if that wasn’t enough on the nose, the choice of music in the trailer, a cover of the 1971 song “Country roads, take me home” plus a colored “Stand by” television broadcast image at the beginning, might very well be signs that Fallout 76 will forgo the artistic style of 1950s America. We might be getting a 1970s influenced Fallout game.