‘Fallout 76’ Wants You To Rebuild Society From A Nuclear Bomb Shelter

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Fallout 76 is a post apocalyptic nuclear role playing game with online functionality.
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After two years of waiting, next step in the Fallout franchise is here to blow you away into a nuclear wasteland. The Fallout 76 trailer released at the E3 expo starts off with a U.S. Army soldier in iconic fallout Power Armor. As he stands in front of a “U.S. Army - No Trespassing” sign things take a left turn. Air-raid sirens wail, multiple nuclear warheads explode in the distance. The soldier succumbs to the blasts as the scene fades to a television with the iconic “Please Stand By” test image.

Fallout 76 is set in a alternative future based on the 1950s.Bethesda Softworks

Welcome to Fallout 76

After this explosive start, Fallout 76 sets the mood by pumping you up with John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The fallout shelter — or Vault, as the game calls it — looks fairly empty. This implies that only you, Player One, made it into the shelter before the bombs dropped.

The Vault-tec company designs the fallout shelters in the alternative future. Bethesda Softworks

Upon leaving the Vault, the trailer shows slices of rustic Americana, laid out perfectly to be explored and looted. Farmhouses and abandoned military facilities litter the landscape, toasted by atomic weapons. Among the trailer’s hinted-at locations is the famous Greenbrier Resort: A top-secret fallout shelter built during the Cold War. It was designed to house Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. In Fallout 76, you’ll probably get to ransack it for supplies and weapons.

In Fallout 76 West Virginia is spared from massive nuclear destruction.Bethesda Softworks

Country roads take me home

The wasteland won’t be completely empty, however: Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer game. How exactly you will interact with other players has yet to be revealed. But in proper Fallout fashion, the game will give you the option of acting as friend or foe. Besides the threats of other players, the mutated creatures of the wasteland will be around to scorch your armor. According to the developers, the new mutated enemies in the game are based on Appalachian lore. Details are scarce on the moonshine-fueled Appalachian critters, but we can only hope one is based on the West Virginia University mascot.

There is a healthy amount of skepticism floating around Fallout 76. This is largely rooted in the fact that there’s never been an online Fallout game. But even if the multiplayer mode ends up being flawed, just being able to gallivant around the Appalachian Trail in a post-nuclear West Virginia sounds like a humdinger of a time to me. Fallout 76 is rumored to be hitting shelves in November, and it will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the trailer below.

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