After hours of teasing, Bethesda finally revealed “Fallout 76”. The new title is still shrouded in mystery but fans of the franchise did get a new trailer to watch this morning. We also know a few details about the legendary vault form previous Fallout installments, and what it means to be a “Controller Vault,” which should be enough to keep fans guessing until E3 in June.
The teaser-trailer is just that, a teaser, just enough to get fans excited for the new title. The video shows the graphics engine running at full-tilt, and we get an inside look at the shiny Vault. Inside Vault 76 we see a celebration, and popular toys, awards, colas, and other tech made popular from the long running franchise.
If you want to know where the Vault is located, there are only two clues to go on. John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” is the song playing on the radio, which could point to West Virginia, but 76 is a major milestone in Pennsylvania history. The Philadelphia 76’s are the NBA team of Philly, named for the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, which is also an important date in the game. The people in Vault 76 are celebrating the Tricentennial, celebrating America between 1976 and 2076. It stands to reason that this Vault was designed to open to guests in 2076, at the beginning of the Tricentennial, with the idea to rebuild America when it is safe. They are the new 76rs.
The actual Bicentennial in America also fits within Fallout. Congress created the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission on July 4, 1966, and the plan was to celebrate in either Philadelphia or Boston. What a surprise, Boston was the home of the previous game. We are just putting the pieces together at this point, and this is a fictional world, so the game could be in Delaware and just throw out all of these clues.
This isn’t the first time that Vault 76 has appeared in the Fallout world. The game was mentioned in “Fallout 3” and “Fallout 4”. The Vault is special because it a control vault, a baseline to the experimental vaults that were used in other locations. The Controller Vault had 500 occupants, and was set to open 20 years after a nuclear war, when it would be safe to start rebuilding.
We still don’t have a release date, or any other information, but “Fallout 76” is expected to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
Be sure to watch Bethesda’s E3 showcase on June 10 at 6:30 p.m. PT to learn more.