Fallout 76 may have had its release date leaked by Amazon, but a launch as early as this summer sounds a little too good to be true.
Fallout 76‘s pre-order listing was recently posted to Amazon, following the game’s brief but impactful reveal last week. The reveal didn’t give fans anything in way of a release date, but the Amazon listing had the game launching July 31st of this year, before the date was changed to December 31st, 2019.
Both of these dates could be placeholders, but if the game was indeed launching on July 31st, Amazon would certainly be one of the retailers with access to that information. When a date like July 31st is used as a placeholder, it’s usually because the retailer expects the date will fall sometime during that month or season. If a store only knows the year a game will launch, it will usually use the December 31st as a placeholder. The specificity of the date in this case, and Amazon’s swiftness to change it could be considered suspicious.
A launch date less than two months following a reveal sounds far too early for a game to hit shelves, but publisher Bethesda Softworks has been known to be expedient with its game releases. Following its E3 2015 reveal of Fallout 4, for example, Bethesda announced the game’s release date as just a few short months away, which was insanely abrupt for a game of that caliber.
All of this said, a July release for a Fallout game is still fairly unlikely, so it is very possible this was just a slip-up on Amazon’s part. Either way, fans should expect to learn the game’s true release date during Bethesda’s E3 showcase, going down on Sunday, June 10th. The showcase won’t be unreasonably long, according to Bethesda, but it is expected to be longer than any Bethesda E3 showcase before it.
As for what to expect from Fallout 76, reports suggest it may not be the same game fans are anticipating. While the Fallout series has made its name in the realm of single-player RPGs, rumors are teasing that Fallout 76 will take the series in the direction of online survival games.
Source: Massively OP