After an entirely uneventful, 24 hours long livestream, Bethesda has finally unveiled the latest Fallout project. It’s called Fallout 76, and it’s still unclear what exactly it is. They’ve released a trailer for it, but it doesn’t really explain much. Jump after the break for the video and a healthy dose of speculation.
It’s a new game, that much is clear. The Fallout twitter account refers to it as such. Which means it’s not a new piece of DLC for Fallout 4. Aside from that, we know next to nothing. You’re presumably going to play the role of one of the inhabitants of Vault 76. A quick lore-check shows that 76 was one of the control vaults, which means nothing interesting happened there. People woke up, went to their assigned posts, then went back to bed. It was designed to open automatically 20 years after the conflict, and the trailer shows the epilogue of the Reclamation Day celebration.
We might get to play as only one of the Reclaimers, or we might assume control of a handful of them. Given Fallout 4’s obsession with settlements, we may even get to run a settlement instead of the usual RPGing Bethesda’s games offer. A Fallout city builder certainyl isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Since there’s no mention of platforms, it could still end up being Fallout Shelter 2. Or Fallout Battle Royale. And while we’re at it, it’s kinda weird that BGS is working on it, yet it isn’t Fallout 5. The name implies it’s a spin-off, but the choice of studio hints at a main line sequel.
We’ll know more after Bethesda’s E3 presentation, which is scheduled to take place on June 10th at 6:30pm PT (9:30 PM ET, 3:00 AM CEST). It’s going to be broadcast live on their Youtube and Twitch channels.