The release of Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is right around the corner, and there is still so much that is unknown. Since it got officially announced on May 30th, fans put the trailer under a microscope to try and get any and every detail of information from it. Thankfully, it wasn’t long before E3 started and Bethesda shared a lot about Fallout 76 at their conference. They helped fill in some of the gaps that fans were having to speculate about and shed a little bit of light on what the game was going to be about.
Since there has been a good amount of information put out about Fallout 76, let’s dive into what we know so far!
Everything We Know About Fallout 76 Thus Far
What is Fallout 76?
Unlike the other Fallout games, Fallout 76 is not going to be single player only. This is the first ever multiplayer Fallout game. Set in the hills of West Virginia, Fallout 76 is a multiplayer, open-world RPG. It is going to be filled with stories and quest, like any other Fallout game, but they can be played alone or in a group.
Fallout 76 is a prequel to all of the other Fallout games and follows the first groups of people out of the vaults after the nuclear fallout. Vault 76 was built to celebrate the tricentennial of America and is known as the “Official Vault of the Tricentennial.” The story begins on Reclamation Day, October 27, 2102, where dwellers wake up 25 years after bombs go off, to a totally new world.
Vault 76 was filled with America’s best and brightest, who are now in charge of rebuilding America. Dwellers must explore the hundreds of locations on the map and rebuild America. It won’t be quite that simple though, because this post-nuclear world is filled with new and old creatures along with other unknown threats.
This is probably the most unique feature of this game. As we said earlier, no other Fallout game has been multiplayer, so a lot of things, like how it works and gameplay, are still unknown. At Bethesda’s E3 conference, Todd Howard, Executive Producer at Bethesda, said that this is something they have wanted to do for a long time with their games and were really excited about. For the first time ever, players can work together to rebuild the world. Or, they can turn on each other and battle it out to the death.
You can still play solo if you want and follow the storyline and complete quests, but it will be a lot easier with a group. As with any multiplayer game, there is going to be player vs. player killing. However, according to Todd Howard, “death doesn’t mean loss of progression or character.” So unlike some games, if you are shot in the face, or shot in the back, by an enemy, you will not lose all of your progress.
Howard also revealed at the conference that the world was not going to be filled with hundreds or thousands of players, rather, it will be a world of dozens. I am a little confused about how this is going to work, because apparently, this world is going to be 4x the size of Fallout 4. So if there are only 24 people in this giant world, I am not sure how anyone is going to come across another player.
The official Fallout twitter also revealed that crouching in the game will allow you to disappear from the mini-map, so maybe the feature of a mini-map, in general, is how you will find other players. This will be incredibly useful when you are trying to sneak up on someone or steal something and you don’t want them to know that you are there. I think it is a nice little touch by Bethesda to make things just that much more tactical.
Howard stated at the conference that they created these servers to be sustained and maintained for years to come. So hopefully Bethesda has a lot of great content planned that will keep the community engaged and prevent them from becoming burnt out.
Fallout 76 will allow players to build and create their own C.A.M.P. (Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform.) This is pretty much where you build your own compound. You’ll be able to build things like a house, workshop, and defense mechanisms to ward off unwanted guests–whether that be creatures or other players.
In your C.A.M.P., you will be able to set up a shop where you can trade your goods with other players in your world. It will also be easy to rebuild your camp if it gets destroyed or blown up. All C.A.M.P.’s will be blueprinted so you can quickly place down what was already built. Howard also said that resources will not be hard to come by and that they would be abundant, so rebuilding or adding new features shouldn’t be too costly.
The setting for Fallout 76 is beautiful West Virginia. This is obviously a completely new location in the Fallout series. There are going to be six distinct West Virginia regions featured. Polygon put out an article about a Reddit user who went through the trailer and mapped out all the different locations that were shown.
The game supposedly has hundreds of locations within the six regions and it has also been revealed that the map is going to be four times the size of Fallout 4. So there should be plenty to explore in this huge game! The game is also using new rendering, lighting, and landscape technology, so the graphics should be amazing, especially if you’re playing on an Xbox One X. I can’t wait to explore this world.
Along with multiplayer, there is another brand new feature in Fallout 76–the ability to acquire nukes. Players can work together, or alone, and acquire access to a nuke from 4 different places on the map. After deploying your nuke, rare and valuable resources, along with more advanced creatures will appear on the map. It is up to you and potentially your squad to then go in and loot those resources.
One of the biggest misconceptions with the nukes is that you will be able to nuke one another. While this is technically true, it is not really accurate. In an interview with a Swedish gaming site, FZ, Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP of marketing, said that “you can’t nuke each other, you can nuke a specific part of the world.” He also stated that “getting the ability to launch a nuke is not easy.” So if you fear losing all your progress when a nuke wipes out your C.A.M.P., fear not. You will have plenty of time to avoid an incoming nuke if it happens to be headed your direction, and if you do happen to get blown up, you can easily rebuild with your compound’s blueprint!
The Break. It. Early. Test. Application. is the BETA for Fallout 76. It is currently unclear on all of the ways to get early access to the game, but there is one sure fire way. If you pre-order the game, you are assured to get access to the BETA when it is announced.
Bethesda has also announced the Xbox One players will be getting access to the BETA before others. The reason for this is unknown, so if you are an Xbox player, then you’re in luck. For those of you who are on PC or PlayStation, you’ll have to wait a bit. It sucks, but let the Xbox guys have this one since they missed out on God of War and are going to miss out on the new Spiderman game.
Launch Date and Editions
Fallout 76 will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 14th. There are currently three different editions available which are listed below.
- This is just your regular old game and a pre-order will give you access to the BETA.
- The Tricentennial Edition will include access to the BETA along with special in-game items. In-game items include:
- Tricentennial Power Armor Customization for the T-51, T-45, T-60, and X-01 Power Armors
- Tricentennial Weapon Customization for the 10MM Pistol, Hatchet, and Laser Rifle
- Spectacularly Handsome Vault Boy Mascot Head Patriotic Uncle Sam Outfit
- Celebratory Vault Boy Saluting Emote
- First-Class Tricentennial Workshop Posters
- Tricentennial Commemorative Photo Frame
- The Power Armor Edition is going to be a little more pricey but will give you some extra goodies.
- Ordering this edition will get you:
- A wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet and carrying bag
- A glow in the dark terrain map
- 24 collectible Fallout figurines
- Access to the BETA, and the bonus in-game editions from the Tricentennial Edition.
Personally, I am super excited about this game! I hope this post helped to shine some light on exactly what this game is! If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you with the answer! As always, thanks for reading!