Following an hours-long livestream of nothing but a Fallout-themed Standby message, Bethesda finally announced Fallout 76. But while fans of the RPG series were hoping for the next instalment in the open-world single-player game, Bethesda has confirmed that the game is something else entirely.
Here’s everything we know about Fallout 76, from release date and platform support to the latest gameplay news and trailers.
When will Fallout 76 be released?
While no release date was provided alongside the initial announcement of Fallout 76, Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2018 to announce more details about the game - including the release date. As predicted by us, Bethesda has announced that Fallout 76 will be available to play with your friends on 14 November 2018.
Which platforms will Fallout 76 be available on?
As confirmed at E3 2018, Fallout 76 will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC, much like Fallout 4. While some are still holding out hope that Bethesda will bring the title to the Nintendo Switch (like Wolfenstein and DOOM) but we're unconvinced.
Why? Due to the online survival element of the game suggests it’ll require an internet connection to play. That doesn’t fit with the portable nature of the Switch, which was designed to be played on-the-go as well as at home. Besides, it’s not quite as powerful as the PS4, Xbox One and PC, so we imagine that Bethesda would have to cut corners to make it available for the platform.
What is Vault 76?
Vault 76 has been referred to in both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, but we never got to see the famed vault. Most importantly, Vault 76 was one of the ‘control vaults’ (i.e. a vault with no human experimentation) that was meant to keep its 500 inhabitants healthy, alive and sane in order to repopulate the world.
Back in Fallout 3, Vault 76 was listed on a Vault-Tec terminal in the Brotherhood of Steel’s Citadel, and was also mentioned on an audio log found on an alien ship in the Mothership Zeta DLC. The audio log contains the voice of Giles Wolstencroft, the then assistant CEO of Vault-Tec, explaining that he was inspecting the construction of the famed Vault 76 when he was abducted.
In Fallout 4, it’s mentioned in the news in the beginning scenes, with the reporter noting that it was due to make its debut in honour of America’s tercentenary.
What should I expect from Fallout 76 gameplay?
While no gameplay was showcased in the teaser trailer, rumours circulated claiming that the upcoming title would be an online survival game like Rust.
This was confirmed by Bethesda at E3 2018, alongside a brand-new gameplay trailer that sheds a bit more light on the world. From the trailer, we now know that Fallout 76 will take place in West Virginia and will follow the story of the very first survivors venturing out from the vault following the nuclear fallout.
Bethesda confirmed that you'll have six regions to explore, each filled with unique new creatures and different environments. Though we haven't got much information about the animals we'll come across and exactly how different the regions will be, but what we do know is that the open-world Fallout 76 map is four times larger than that of Fallout 4, meaning there is a lot to explore and discover.
The company also confirmed that it would be an online survival game, though it was described as a "soft-core" survival game. While there was no more information given as to what a soft-core survival game offers, but we imagine it'll be a little easier for casual players to join in, as opposed to hardcore survival games like Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved where you need to play all day, every day to survive.
The game will employ a camp system similar to that in Fallout 4, allowing you to build your base and survive the harsh wilderness. You can team up with your friends to develop your base, go on hunts and take on missions, and you'll even be able to take your character with you if you switch servers.
Oh, and you'll also be able to locate Nuclear Missile Camps throughout the world, which can be used to launch nuclear missiles and destroy enemy player camps. How cool is that?!
You can watch the new gameplay trailer below, first showcased at E3 2018, to see what Fallout 76 has to offer.