There’s been a lot of buzz about Fallout 76 following the mysterious teaser trailer last week, as well as the leaks that followed. However, at their E3 conference, Bethesda revealed more about the nature of the upcoming game, as well as the release date. We can expect a return to the wasteland on November 14 this year, with a B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) being held before the launch. A date for the beta hasn’t yet been announced, but participation is only for those who pre-order the game.
Bethesda revealed what we’d been expecting – that the game would be an open world online multiplayer – with Todd Howard describing it as “soft-core survival”, which is nice for those who hate losing all their stuff when they die. While you can play through the game by yourself, you also have the option to work with others in a team. Building will be a big feature, with the construction mode in game being dubbed C.A.M.P., or the Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform. You’ll be able to build as well as move your built structures wherever you like.
As you can probably guess by the trailer’s song, the game will be set in West Virginia, Where Vault 76 is one of the very first vaults ever to open. The vault was built as a celebration of America’s tercentenary and you are one of the lucky few chosen to be a resident. Your vault will be sealed for twenty five years, set to open for the first time on Reclamation Day. 76 will apparently have sixteen times the level of detail of the series’ other games and feature new creatures inspired by the state’s folklore.
It wouldn’t be a Fallout game without nuclear threat and so 76 has decided to incorporate this as a feature into the game. Howard stated:
“We thought, why don’t we put multiple nuclear missile sites on the map and then let all of you do whatever you want with them.”
Bethesda elaborated on this over Twitter, saying, “Go it alone or with fellow survivors to unlock access to the ultimate weapon – Nuclear Missiles. Are you going to protect or unleash the power of the atom? We’re interested to see who or what survives the aftermath.”
Go it alone or with fellow survivors to unlock access to the ultimate weapon – Nuclear Missiles. Are you going to protect or unleash the power of the atom? We're interested to see who or what survives the aftermath. #Fallout76 #BE3 pic.twitter.com/C2clc0Ja4i
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) June 11, 2018
Bethesda also took this opportunity to reveal the collector’s edition of the game – Fallout 76 Power Armour Edition – which includes a wearable helmet for the T-15b power armour and a West Tek canvas duffel bag to carry it, glow in the dark terrain map, twenty four figurines, in-game items and the “Tricentennial Edition Steelbook”.
It’s a bold new direction for the Fallout franchise. All the new features revealed at E3 makes it hard to stick to the initial scepticism that the game is simply a Rust clone with a Fallout coat of paint. Only time will tell how this new game will fit in with the rest of the Fallout series, but it’s looking better than first anticipated.