Bethesda announced the latest title in their critically acclaimed Fallout franchise today. So far, all we know is that the next game is called Fallout 76. There is a lot of speculation regarding this game already, which is odd because the teaser trailer didn’t have any gameplay. Undoubtedly, Vault 76 will play a key role in this game, but it is also possible this title is in reference to the American Revolution and the signing of The Declaration of Independence in 1776.
I found a few things interesting in the video, which can be seen here:
The choice of songs for this video was interesting for a few reasons. First, it doesn’t fit with the genres of songs that previous Fallout games have used. Generally, they featured songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. That isn’t probably as important as the actual song. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is a song about the mountains of West Virginia. Will Fallout 76 be set there? I find it very probable as Bethesda is usually pretty deliberate with things like this.
There were a couple things I noticed about the Vault that, from what I have read, no one else picked up on. The Vault that is shown is very clean and appears to be well kept. In addition, there is quite a bit of plant life in the Vault, which to my recollection, is new. In previous Fallout games, the Vaults are usually in various states disrepair and squalor, so this is a stark shift to those.
Fallout 76 has the cleanest Vault I have seen in any of the games yet!
There is also a banner in one of the main areas of the Vault for a “Reclamation Day” celebration. There is also a video playing on the TV which shows what appears to be someone important, probably the President, giving a speech about rebuilding. To anyone that has been locked in a Vault underground for an extended period of time, the thought of going outside would be welcomed.
The condition of the Vault, the “Reclamation Day” celebration and the speech give me a few ideas of what the story line may entail. I think it most likely that this story takes place relatively shortly after the nuclear war. This would explain the Vault being relatively pristine, and why the President would be talking about rebuilding and the Vault Dwellers celebrating the chance to reclaim the outside world. Of course, this theory also relies on the Vault Dwellers not understanding the true extent of the damage to the outside world. To me, this seems the most reasonable scenario. A few other theories that I came up with that are possible, but in my opinion less likely are, this takes place a few hundred years after the previous Fallout games. Another possibility is this Vault was occupied by members of the Government and their families, which explains why the President (or some other politician) was giving a speech and would also explain why their Vault was able to be kept nice. Surely the members of the Government would have a nicer Vault than regular denizens. Think the Greenbrier Resort, which is in West Virginia…
Whatever the story is, I for one am excited for Fallout 76. Since Bethesda took over the franchise, they have not disappointed gamers. If you are interested in more about Fallout 76, make sure to watch the Bethesda E3 presentation on 6/10/2018 at 6:30 PM PT. They should reveal more details about the game at their conference. In the meantime, enjoy some Nuka-Cola!