Bethesda Game Studios teased a new game called Fallout 76 earlier today. "Teased" is the verb to use here, as the minute-and-a-half snippet offered vague footage of a Vault dweller preparing themselves for some mysterious activity while John Denver's "Country Roads" croons in the background.
The teaser finally aired bright and early this morning in front of thousands of viewers huddled around Bethesda's Twitch feed. The feed's been airing the iconic Fallout "PLEASE STAND BY" message since yesterday. Bethesda game enthusiasts did exactly that while speculating about what might be revealed.
The speculation continues now that the teaser is done. The video gives the impression that the faceless Vault 76 dweller is getting ready to exit the Vault and enter the world. Recorded television footage speaks of rebuilding following the war, and the Vault is decorated with balloons and banners celebrating "Reclamation Day." But the Vault is dead empty, save for the one dweller.
It's worth noting Vault 76 has some notoriety in the Fallout universe; it's a control Vault meant to open 20 years after the war, and it's mentioned in Fallout 3 and 4.
We might be looking at an October 27 release date for Fallout 76, as that's the date we see at the start of the video, on the dweller's clock. The teaser doesn't give up many secrets, but we're sure to learn more at E3 2018. Our guide to Bethesda's E3 2018 conference dishes all the details on when and where you can watch it. Until then, please stand by. Again.