Todd Howard took the stage at Bethesda’s E3 2018 to talk about Fallout 76. The entire reveal took a very tongue and cheek feel with jokes and quips relating to Fallout and the player base. On “Reclamation Day,” the vault dwellers of Vault 76 are responsible for rebuilding after the fallout. This particular vault consists of the best and brightest of the American population of all races and backgrounds before nuclear war.
The gameplay trailer opens up with the protagonist waking up and gearing up for venturing out into the wasteland. All of this is accompanied by the Overseer’s speech about how important Reclamation Day is. Coming across a robot in the same vein as Wadsworth from Fallout 4, the protagonist makes their way through the vault and finally arrives into the wasteland as blinding light seeps into the long-closed Vault 76.
Right off the bat, it is revealed that there are six sectors to explore with friends. The entire game takes place in an online setting with survival and rebuilding elements. Gameplay with friends looks promising, as well as running across rival Vault 76 dwellers out in the wasteland that might not be as friendly. New and more powerful mutants and creatures are also running about in this earliest iteration of Fallout‘s wasteland.
Todd Howard even acknowledged that this is new territory for Bethesda games and invites the audience to take part in the Beta, or “Break-it Early Test Application.” It will be interesting to see how the parent titles’ shooting mechanics without VATS translate into Fallout 76. There was also the reveal of the Collector’s or Power Armor Edition. This will include a glow in the dark map with several figures to place upon it, and a functioning T-51 Power Armor Helmet with headlamp and voice communication box.
After the Collector’s Edition reveal, the release date of November 14, 2018 is also unleashed with dedicated servers.
Will you be trudging into the dangers of the wasteland with friends and compatriots this November?