Bethesda teased a new Fallout game yesterday, but we didn’t get many details. Now, sources have come forward with different information indicating that Fallout 76 may be very unlike every other Fallout game before it.
The teaser trailer didn’t show any actual gameplay. We saw the inside of a vault, and an audio message encouraging the player to “rebuild.” While Bethesda is saving the rest of the details for E3, some anonymous sources speaking to Kotaku have come forward with more information about the “experimental” new game.
According to these sources, Fallout 76 will be an “online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games like DayZ and Rust,” and will have gameplay that’s pretty different from the standard games in the series. While it will have “quests and a story,” like other Bethesda RPGs, and will feature base-building like Fallout 4, the actual gameplay will change to adapt to the “games as a service” model. Kotaku also notes that many specifics are still up in the air, so the final form 76 takes may wind up be slightly different than these reports.
Lore-wise, Fallout 76 takes place just 20 years after the nuclear war, and it seems from both the trailer and from Kotaku’s sources that the game’s focus will be on building cities and settlements from the ashes of society. That’s in contrast to Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, where the player explores hundreds of years later, after settlements have been established and faction lines already drawn.
Keep in mind that these rumors are, for now, only rumors. Bethesda hasn’t officially corroborated much. However, we won’t have long to wait for answers. Bethesda will be holding a games showcase on Sunday, June 10th, just ahead of E3. Tune in at 6:30 p.m. to hear what will likely be more official news about Fallout 76, as well as updates on Bethesda’s other upcoming games.