Bethesda announced Fallout 76 with a simple trailer almost a week ago. Since the absolute frenzied media storm that has launched itself onto the Fallout bandwagon, one word in all the speculation interests me the most; “Survival”.
“When the fighting is stopped, and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild”
As taken from Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, “Fallout 76 is in fact an online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games like DayZ and Rust, according to three people familiar with the project.” ”Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said. It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs like Skyrim. It will also feature base-building—just like 2015’s Fallout 4—and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources.”
Just to think if games like DayZ and Rust had a massive studio behind them, what they would be like today? I’m personally beyond excited for what’s planned in this new title. I’m excited because having a sandbox survival game with the clout of Bethesda behind it not only makes it very hyped; But will also pave the way for move investment in this genre, if successful.
More investment in the survival sandbox genre is good for everyone and I can’t wait for June 10th.
What we know already
In the world of Fallout, people fleeing the bombs were confined to Vaults. These were either designed to house it’s occupants or used to experiment on them. In typical Fallout 3 lore, Vault 76 was one of 17 vaults known as “Control Vaults”. Their purpose was to house and protect 500 occupants until it was automatically programmed to open 20 years after nuclear war. The Vault-Tec terminal located at the Citadel has Vault 76 as being located near Washington D.C.
Additionally the speak on the TV of the trailer also makes a clear point that is “When the fighting is stopped, the fallout has settled, you must rebuild”. If this isn’t a clear indicator of what’s in store for us, I’m not sure what is.
Fallout 76 Release Date
The release date has already been a bit of a hot topic. This is solely because of a screen capture a fan managed to get. The initial release date of Fallout 76 for both PC and Xbox One was stated as 31st July 2018 on Amazon. This was quickly recalled with a new and current release date for the most anticipated Bethesda title as December 31st 2019. Whether the first date was simply a place holder, due to an Amazon blunder or the genuine date, we will soon know. However it is not unlike Bethesda to release games shortly after their announced dates – I’m looking at you Fallout 4.
With this being the case, we could potentially see this title on PC, Xbox One and PS4 in Q3 2018.