Fallout 76 was announced with a cracking trailer this week, prompting many to believe that a traditional post-apocalyptic campaign is on the way. That’s not true according to Kotaku, who spoke with a trio of unnamed Bethesda employees: it’s an online survival game inspired by the likes of DayZ and ARK: Survival Evolved instead.
The ever-reliable Jason Schreier reports that the title started life as an experimental multiplayer mode for Fallout 4, and just evolved from there. The base-building from the core game will return, and there’ll be a storyline and quests to complete. But there’ll also be survival and online mechanics added on top, with the release being designed as a “service”, so expect regular updates and content drops.
Perhaps key to all of this is the title’s name, which alludes to Vault 76. Fans of the franchise will know that Vault 76 is referenced heavily in Fallout lore, and that’s because it’s one of the first vaults to open after the nuclear war. You can expect a harsher, less civilised setting, then – the perfect backdrop for an online survival game.
As reported yesterday, the title is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios’ Maryland and Austin studios, with the latter presumably picking up most of the slack. We’ll find out more about the spin-off at E3 2018, and you can find out when and where to watch Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference through the link.