E3 2018 is currently in full swing and we’ve already seen plenty of great games showcased at this year’s expo. Among them is Fallout 76, the next installment in Bethesda Game Studios’ highly acclaimed RPG series. The game was initially teased a couple of weeks back but there was no solid information until E3. Fallout 76 was first showcased during Microsoft’s press conference where we got a first good glimpse at the gameplay. Unsurprisingly, most of the juicy new info came a few hours after that reveal during Bethesda’s conference.
Todd Howard himself took the stage this year to talk about the game. Unlike previous titles in the series, Fallout 76 will not be an exclusively single-player game. While gamers will indeed be able to play solo, the game also features a multiplayer component centered around cooperation. The game improves upon some of the systems introduced in Fallout 4 like base building and crafting, which will play a crucial role in surviving the wasteland.
Timeline and Setting
Fallout 76 takes place before any of the other games in the series and will act as a prequel. Just as its name suggests, your hero will start his or her journey in Vault 76. What’s interesting about this vault is that it’s one of only a handful of control vaults. Whereas most of the other vaults were designed for the purpose of experimenting on their inhabitants, control vaults actually functioned as advertised and did not interfere with the residents.
Vault 76 is one of the first vaults to open following the nuclear war. The game takes place just 25 years after the war so humanity didn’t have time to begin rebuilding by the time players step out of the vault. This aspect ties in nicely with the multiplayer component as the players themselves will be the ones tasked with making the wasteland habitable. Fallout 76 takes place in West Virginia and will be four times larger than Fallout 4 according to Todd Howard.
Release Date and B.E.T.A. Access
Bethesda is known for releasing many of its games mere months after announcing them and Fallout 76 is no exception. The company revealed that fans can expect the game later this year on November 14. The game will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Fans eager to get their hands on Fallout 76 as soon as possible can sign up for the upcoming beta. Signing up for the Break-it Early Test Application as Bethesda calls it, is not free though. At the moment, the only way to secure beta access is to pre-order either the standard edition or the collector’s edition of Fallout 76. The collector’s edition costs $200 so it’s definitely not cheap but it does come with a wearable Power Armor helmet along with a bunch of other nice collectible items.
Other Announcements by Bethesda at E3 2018
Bethesda had a very impressive conference at E3 this year. In addition to Fallout 76, the company also revealed Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein 2: Youngblood, The Elder Scrolls Blades, new DLC for Prey, and a gameplay trailer for Rage 2. Even more interesting, the developers also gave us a quick peek at The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, Bethesda Game Studios’ first new IP in 25 years.