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Bethesda announces Fallout 76 for Xbox One and PC

Yesterday, Bethesda hosted a strange livestream which basically showcased Vault Boy and a screen which said "Please Stand By". However, later on that night, a Bethesda employee came and "murdered" Vault Boy and that was the end of that. Luckily, this morning the mystery was revealed because Bethesda just announced a new Fallout game called Fallout 76. The title takes place hundreds of years before the events of Fallout 4 on "Reclamation Day".

Fallout 76 is expected to launch on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The studio didn't mention a Nintendo Switch version but the title should be Xbox One X enhanced. It's unclear if the game will release in 2018 or 2019 as further details are expected at E3 2018. Unlike its predecessors, Fallout 76 is rumored to be an online-focused game similar to Destiny or a massively multiplayer online experience.

Aside from the trailer, the developer didn't provide any other information. The game seems to be running on an upgraded Fallout 4 engine with added effects like better textures and reflections. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. Until then, simply rejoice in the fact that there's a new Fallout game coming and it's not a rumored remaster.

The Fallout franchise takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States ravaged by nuclear war. It's filled with threats like deadly factions and mutants. The games can be played from a first-person or third-person perspective just like The Elder Scrolls series. You can save twenty percent if you preorder the game right now.

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16 Comments
  • Am I the only one that thought the jacket belonged to Soldier 76?
  • So...
    Fallout 76 :: Fallout 4
    as Fallout New Vegas :: Fallout 3?
  • Yup. Seems like Fallout 5 is years away.
  • Just take my money! Fallout is one of the few games that I'll pay full price to get on release day. The problem will be deciding PC or One X.
  • Amen to that. I want to get the One X and go through 4 again. Something about Fallout in particular they capture atmosphere very well.
  • Looking forward to this, though they'd be crazy to try and salvage that archaic Fallout engine.
  • Thank you Bethesda!!! So EXCITED!!!!!
  • I'm so in I'm already wearing my gas mask.
  • Ruin what was an awesome single player long campaign series by turning it into a online focused game.
    I'm out.
  • The title is misleading, makes it seem like it is exclusive
  • I guess that's the aim. That's what Asher Madan does on all titles of a third party game.
  • I really want a Fallout game, that's set before the war. I love the atompunk atmosphere of 4s intro 😁
  • Always kind of annoyed my that discounts like this are almost always just for the Hard-copy version of the game and not the digital.
  • I hope they stick to the first person shooter format. I've heard it could be a Sim style game set in the fallout universe.
  • That trailer does seem to imply a focus on the Vault itself but we'll have to wait and see.
  • The engine seems to be getting a bit old, with those crusty skin textures that remind me of Skyrim