The Fallout series, from the third game onwards, I've spent hundreds of hours in and I've loved every minute. They are fantastic sand box, open world, games that do a fantastic job balancing player freedom whilst constructing an interesting and well delivered narrative. When Bethesda shared the Vault Tech 'Please Stand By' image the day before yesterday on Instagram I rolled my eyes and just assumed it would probably be a Nintendo Switch or mobile title. I was VERY wrong.
Fallout 76 dropped a teaser yesterday a couple of weeks before E3. We'll have to wait until the show to see or hear any more from the title but I couldn't be more excited. From what I can get from the Trailer, Fallout 76 will follow the inhabitants of Vault 76 as they are one of the first people to venture back out into the wastelands after the nuclear holocaust. The game takes place chronologically long before any other game in the series and from a little digging it has been revealed that Vault 76 was a huge control vault of five hundred people. A control vault is one of the few vaults that Vault Tech conducted no experiments in and the people inside were given the promised refuge they sought. That could make for some interesting backstory as a vault, at full power, empties out into the harsh new world. It was suggested by IGN that the game would possibly be set inside the Vault as the world goes to hell above but I believe far too much time was spent showing an empty vault and the focus being on Reclamation Day (reclaiming the land above) for this to be the case. You can see the trailer below:
After the trailer it has since been reported by both Kotaku and IGN that the game will not be a standard Fallout experience which has me both intrigued and concerned. It has been reported to be an online survival RPG in the same vain as RUST or Day Z. You could also compare it to the online MMO light experience of Elder Scrolls Online. Whether this makes you more or less excited for the title will be up to you but I'm actually really looking forward to seeing what this new dynamic will bring.
I am very much for personalisation of story so if they can deliver a narrative experience similar to Fallout 4 whilst adding more RPG elements of base building, character design/customisation and resource management this sounds right up my alley. They've already dabbled in this with the Fallout New Vegas Hardcore mode, where you had to ensure your character was hydrated with their trusty Vault 13 canteen and base building saw the light of day in Fallout 4. What do you think of this announcement? Would you have preferred a straightforward Fallout 5 or does this new rumoured approach pique your interest just as much? Comment below or tweet us @ghoulishent.
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