I’ve spent more time than I care to admit wasting my time in the physically and technologically bug-filled wasteland of the Fallout series, an RPG shooter set in a future firmly stuck in the past that’s capable of making you become more emotionally attached to a virtual canine companion than any game has any business doing.
Bethesda unleashed Fallout 4 on the world in 2015, and most fans of the series figured they’d have to wait until the release of the next Elder Scrolls game before being treated to more post-apocalyptic carnage. However, the company threw us all for a loop yesterday when they teased a new Fallout announcement before making good on their promise by coming out of the clouds with a trailer for a new game on Wednesday.
This morning, the internet was introduced to Fallout 76, which would appear to be the newest game in the franchise. The teaser has a vintage Fallout feel, but if you’re looking for details, you might be a little underwhelmed.
The trailer might not have as much substance as you probably hoped, but that thankfully hasn’t stopped the internet from doing plenty of speculating to figure out exactly what the game will be ahead of the details that will presumably be released at E3 in a couple of weeks.
Here’s what we know: According to Fallout lore, Vault 76 was a “control” vault housing 500 people located somewhere outside of Washington, D.C. (I don’t think it would be too much of a stretch to say it’s in West Virginia when you consider the John Denver). Based on a date spotted in the trailer, it looks like Fallout 76 would take place shortly after the start of the war that resulted in the aforementioned wasteland.
According to Polygon, there are reports the game could have online and multiplayer functions, and I’ve seen some speculation that there could be some city-building elements involved based on some of the clues in the trailer. We’ll presumably know a bit more when by the time E3 wraps up.