Bethesda hit us with some huge news yesterday, a new game is coming our way, Fallout 76. They released a brief teaser video on May 29th showing an image that read ‘Please Stand By’ which sent the internet in to a frenzy, bouncing around potential announcements left, right and centre. Thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long until more info was sent our way. The company released a further teaser video yesterday. For those who haven’t seen it yet or those like us who want to watch it for the 50th time, here it is:
Bethesda did a grand job of giving us very little information whilst at the same time giving us enough to start lots of speculation. Firstly, we know that Fallout 76 will be a least partially set in 2102 based on the date shown on the Pip-Boy. This means it’s the earliest in the Fallout timeline so far, here’s a little recap on the dates. The bombs fell in 2077, Fallout was set in 2161; Fallout 2 in 2241; Fallout 3 in 2277; New Vegas in 2281; and Fallout 4 in 2287. The exact date noted in the teaser is October 27 2102, this has been hinted as a potential pointer to a release date.
We know that Vault 76 has been mentioned in both Fallout 3 and 4 and was one of seventeen known control vaults that was to be used as a baseline to compare with experimental vaults as per the info on the Wiki page here. We also know it was supposed to be opened 20 years after a nuclear war. It’s hinted as being located somewhere in Washington D.C which ties in with the use of John Denver’s classic ‘Country Roads’, which references going home to West Virginia.
There’s a very impressive shot of the Vault’s deserted atrium showing a party scene for Reclamation Day. We’re assuming this was for the opening day of the Vault, sending people on their way to start the rebuilding process. However, as mentioned above the dates don’t quite match up. The Vault is supposed to open 20 years after the war however 25 years have gone past according to the Pip-Boy date, something has gone wrong.
The teaser then closes with a hard hitting line ‘in Vault 76 our future begins’. We cannot wait to find out more information that will undoubtedly be revealed at E3 in June. Bethesda Studios have already hinted that this will be their biggest show yet so who knows what else will be coming our way. We best get saving those bottle caps.