Fallout 76 Announced, Possibly Not Your Typical Bethesda RPG

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Bethesda started teasing something two days ago, a “Please Stand By” screen synonymous with their post-apocalypse franchise Fallout. And then a long stream featuring that image on a TV screen at the background and a Vault-Boy bobblehead appeared. There’s apparently a new Fallout game coming and Bethesda is announcing it before their E3 media showcase starts.

And indeed it was. The new game is Fallout 76. Here’s the teaser trailer:

If you are familiar enough with Fallout, the title alone will bring question marks. The 76 comes from the setting Vault 76, seen in the trailer. The location was mentioned in Fallout 3 & 4, set to be open only 20 years after the nuclear war rather than 200, which resulted in a post-apocalypse open world to explore.

The game is developed by Bethesda Game Studios, the main team behind Fallout 3 & 4 as well as the main Elder Scrolls series like Skyrim. Reportedly, the studio behind the now-cancelled Battlecry game, now under Bethesda Game Studios, are involved as well.

This does not seem like your typical open world RPG. Rather, reports such as one from Kotaku are suggesting that it will have an online element, a games-as-a-service angle if you will. There are quests and stories to uncover and the building mechanics in Fallout 4 is reported to return. The teaser hints about “Reclamation Day” and the need to rebuild the world.

Considering Fallout 4 was moving away from RPG elements to become an action FPS game- which meant a lot of the core strengths associated with the series like the conversations took a big hit- it is inevitable that the developers are shedding away from their RPG roots to make something else entirely. Whatever it is, expect to learn more during Bethesda’s E3 showcase next month.

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