After a trailer and a few details during Microsoft’s press conference, more has been revealed by Bethesda about the latest in the franchise, Fallout 76. Details from such press conference has confirmed that the game will be set in the hills of West Virginia, and you’re one of the first to enter into the Wasteland after the nuclear apocalypse. Fallout 76, being set 20 years after the bombs were dropped, means it is a prequel to the other games and also four times the size of Fallout 4.
Executive Producer, Todd Howard, said at E3 that Vault 76 was built to celebrate America’s tercentenary, and you are selected to enter the vault and wait for the day when you can return to the world. During a gameplay demo showed at E3, your character is given the command to leave the vault by the Overseer, who says it’s reclamation day, as seen in many of the pictures.
When leaving the vault, you discover that most of the other dwellers have already left. Whilst emerging into the outside world, Todd Howard said Fallout 76 has new rendering and lighting technology, giving 16 times the detail over previous versions of the franchise. Not only that, there are six distinct regions, each with its own style, risks and rewards.
A big shift in the franchise, and a frankly obvious one, is that Fallout 76 is also “entirely online”. It is claimed though that you will be able to play solo should you wish to. Todd Howard did exlaim that this addition to the francise is a survival “softcore,” meaning death doesn’t equal loss of progression (hooray!).
While you can play solo, the easiest way to survive is to team up with others and build together. The map will also have multiple nuclear missile sites, where players will be able to utilise them. To get them, you’ll have to defeat enemies to find codes needed to access them, this is of course easier when you have multiple people, as codes are multi-part. When you have obtained a full code, you can activate a nuclear launch targeted anywhere on that map that you choose. In the resulting fallout, players will find valuable and rare rewards, but you’ll have to make it through the numerous pitfalls of nuclear radiation to get them.
Thankfully Fallout 76 will have dedicated servers that will support the game “now and for years to come.” A beta is due to be released, likely months before the final release date, to iron out any last minute bugs. Todd Howard also revealed a special edition of the game, which has a map of the world that glows in the dark, figures you can put on the map as well as the T-51 Power Armor Helmet that you can wear.
E3 Video Screenshots
Fallout 76’s release date was confirmed as November 14, 2018 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and will be available for preorder from June 15th 2018.