John Denver sings "almost heaven" and we know it can only be West Virginia. The mountain state is also the setting for Bethesda's upcoming Fallout 76 but in the post-apocalypse it goes by a new name: Appalachia.
Bethesda revealed the name in a tweet yesterday along with a picture of a Guitar Sword which is apparently the thing that differentiates Appalachia from Fallout 3's Capital Wasteland or Fallout 4's Commonwealth. I mean, where's the lie though?
Appalachia derives its name from the Appalachian Mountains for which the state of West Virginia gets its nickname from. Known for moonshine, blue ridges, and other natural wonders, the Appalachian Mountain stretches through multiple states, but West Virginia happens to be entirely within its ranges.
Fallout 76 is an entirely online game where players share the world together. NPCs are replaced with player interactions, and though some Fallout fans who prefer single-player mode will be disappointed come November, this is a new and interesting direction for Fallout and I'm curious to see how it plays out.
A beta for Fallout 76 will be held sometime in October first on Xbox One then on PS4 and PC. Get the full details in our Fallout 76 beta guide. Fallout 76 will be coming out on November 14 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, although Fallout 76 will be skipping Steam in favor of Bethesda's own launcher.