Fallout 76 was given a big showing at E3 2018. It ended up appearing at both Bethesda and Microsoft's E3 conferences, where a slew of new details were released. In this Fallout 76 everything we know guide, we'll be running through everything that we know about the upcoming game, including aspects like the final Fallout 76 release date, as well as the Fallout 76 setting in America.
E3 2018 is now coming to a close, but we're still expecting a load more details from Bethesda about Fallout 76 in the coming months in the lead up to the game's launch later this year. Keep an eye on this guide, as we'll be updating it with any further details that the publisher reveals for the upcoming Fallout game.
Fallout 76 Release Date
Before the initial reveal trailer, Director at Bethesda Studios Todd Howard teased that more details would be revealed at Bethesda's E3 conference on June 10. During the Xbox E3 Press Conference, a new trailer was shown, though no release date was announced. Bethesda has now officially confirmed a release date for Fallout 76. The Fallout 76 release date has been confirmed to be November 14, 2018
Fallout 76 Release Platforms
Fallout 76 will release on PC, PS4 and PS4. There has been no official word on a Nintendo Switch version, but Bethesda has been putting a lot of resources into Nintendo Switch lately, bringing ports of DOOM, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Skyrim to the console. It's possible that this will have enabled them to develop Fallout 76 to run on Nintendo Switch, but a version for Switch currently looks unlikely.
Fallout 76 Setting and Story - Trailer Details
Fallout 76 was teased in a trailer, soundtracked by John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads. The song references West Virginia, hinting at a possible setting for Fallout 76. Fallout 76 takes place in Vault 76, which has been mentioned in the series before. According to the Fallout Wiki, Vault 76 is one of seventeen control vaults, and is designed to open 20 years after the nuclear war. It is mentioned in Fallout 3 and its add-on Mothership Zeta, as well as in the prologue for Fallout 4.
This all lined up with what we'd seen in the trailer, with the Vault decorated for a "reclamation day", referring to the day the vault re-opened 20 years after the war. This would make Fallout 76 the earliest Fallout game we've seen yet, set 185 years before Fallout 4 and 59 years before the first Fallout game.
The trailer showed a sequence where a vault-dweller puts on their Pip-Boy and gets ready to leave. One detail of note is that of their outfit, which has a black wire running down the back of it. It seemed to be connected to a brass box located on the character's chest. Given that Vault 76 is designed to open so early, it could be extra equipment needed to survive the wasteland so soon after the nuclear attack. You can see the device for yourself in the image below.
This was all confirmed during the Xbox conference at E3, where Todd Howard came on stage to reveal the West Virginia setting, as well as the time period mentioned above. There will be six distinct regions to explore, filled with new creatures. Fallout 76 will have a map four times the size of Fallout 4. Check out the second trailer below.
Will Fallout 76 be an Online Game?
There had been speculation that Fallout 76 could be an online survival game in the vein of Rust. An anonymous user on a Fallout forum correctly predicted the name of the game back in 2017. They also mentioned that the game would be "set alongside an interstate highway" and is a "Fallout themed Rust clone". Further weight was added to this theory when Kotaku News Editor Jason Schreier tweeted the following tweet.
From what I've heard, Fallout: 76 is an online game of some sort. Developed by BGS in both Maryland and Austin (formerly Battlecry) https://t.co/gUmNYtDXDSJason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 30, 2018
During Bethesda's E3 2018 Press Conference it was confirmed that Fallout 76 is entirely online. Todd Howard described the game as soft-core survival. Characters carry over between servers, with each one filled with dozens of other players. For more details on how Fallout 76 will work solo, head to our Fallout 76 solo guide.
Fallout 76 Xbox Pre-Order
During Microsoft's E3 2018 Press Conference it was revealed that players can pre-order Fallout 76 on June 15. There's a Fallout 76 Power Armor Collector's Edition which comes with a full-size, wearable Power Armor Helmet. You can find all of the details in our Fallout 76 Power Armor Collector's Edition Guide.
Fallout 76 Beta
During Bethesda's E3 2018 Press Conference it was revealed that there will be a beta for Fallout 76. You can find more details in our Fallout 76 Beta Guide
Fallout 76 Gameplay Details
- New enemies inspired by the wildlife of West Virginia
- Nuclear Missle Camps spread throughout the world which players can break into and destroy each other's camps
- Camp system allows players to build wherever they want
- Sixteen times the detail when compared to Fallout 4
- Can team up with friends in a server
- Character Progression continues over between servers
Building is clearly going to be a huge part of Fallout 76. You can find all of the details of how building camps and settlements works in Fallout 76 by visiting our Fallout 76 Settlement Building Guide.
There's also a new nuclear weapon mechanic in which players can launch nukes on a location of there choice. We've gathered all of the details you need in our Fallout 76 Nukes Guide.
There are a bunch of new creatures to cointend with in Fallout 76. Visit our Fallout 76 Creatures Guide to find out about each one.
That's everything we know about the game so far then, we'll have to wait and see if any more details are announced in the coming weeks. For info on every press conference we're going to cover, head over to our E3 2018 Press Conference Guide.
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