One mysterious gif and one Twitch stream later, and we now know that Bethesda’s next gargantuan, open-world RPG will be Fallout 76. Or will it? A combination of rumours and subtle clues spread throughout the teaser trailer suggest that Fallout 76 is not the traditional Bethesda roleplaying experience. Fans have been busy theorising every possibility from the trailer, from a Fallout MMO to a survival game along the lines of Rust or even Ark: Survival Evolved.
Here at PCGamesN we have a few ideas of our own when it comes to Fallout 76. Some sensible suggestions that are grounded in the series’s lore and informed by tidbits spotted in the trailer; some speculative ideas based on rumoured gameplay features and recent gaming trends; and some that are just downright ridiculous.
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The Fallout 76 trailer shows off Vault 76, a Vault-Tec shelter that has been referenced in a number of Fallout games and is located somewhere in Virginia. Vault 76 is a “control” vault, which means its inhabitants are not subject to the same devious human experiments Overseers performed in the majority of Vaults cross the United States. The trailer also reveals the year that Fallout 76 will likely be set in: 2102. If this is the case then Fallout 76 will explore a wasteland that has only existed for 25 years.
So, armed with all of that knowledge – not to mention plenty of irrelevant information – here are our best and weirdest guesses at what the game could be while we wait for the Fallout 76 release date.
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