Bethesda has been letting us peek at its plans for E3 one game at a time. We saw Rage 2 a couple weeks ago, and now Bethesda has announced Fallout 76, the next game set in the Fallout universe.
The company hasn’t revealed yet what type of game it is, and the trailer doesn’t tell us much more:
We’re presented with a look at a very clean-looking vault setting – Vault 76. The character’s PipBoy wrist-computer shows the setting as the year 2102, making it set nearly 200 years before Fallout 4 and over half a century before the first Fallout game. Fallout’s fiction has the vault as being founded in the year 2076 in honor of America’s tri-centennial anniversary, just a year before the Great War that made the Fallout world the burned-out wasteland we know and love. Setting the game just 25 years after that makes this potentially one of the more interesting settings for the series in a while.
Kotaku has heard rumors that Fallout 76 will be an online survival RPG in the vein of Rust and Day Z, which writers for Polygon and VICE Waypoint have independently confirmed. The game reportedly began life as a prototype multiplayer version of Fallout 4. It apparently feature quests and a story, though not likely on the same level as a standard Fallout game. There will also be base-building, survival, and multiplayer mechanics. The game is still rapidly changing according to Kotaku‘s sources, but if Bethesda is ready to show it the core is probably pretty solid. We’ll find out more when we see Bethesda’s E3 press conference on June 10, at 6:30PM PST.