This morning, Bethesda revealed the very first trailer for Fallout 76, a new title in its long-running and wildly popular post-apocalyptic RPG series. As expected, the trailer sent fans into a complete tizzy: a new Fallout game? So soon after Fallout 4? What about the next Elder Scrolls game? And hey, what about that trailer - why did it seem so Vault-centric, without any indication where the game itself might take place? Lots of questions. Precious few answers.
Enter: the folks at Kotaku, who are now reporting that Fallout 76 is actually "an online survival RPG", one which will also incorprate some amount of the base-building that was a cornerstone of Fallout 4.
"Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4 with the goal of envisioning what an online Fallout game might look like, Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said. It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs like Skyrim.
It will also feature base-building—just like 2015's Fallout 4—and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources. One source cautioned that the gameplay is rapidly changing, like it does in many online “service” games, but that’s the core outline."
Rumors about Fallout 76 essentially being Fallout Online began making the rounds several days ago, and went into overdrive following this morning's trailer reveal. Of course there's been no official confirmation on this, but all signs seem to point to this being where Fallout 76 is headed.
Assuming the above's correct: how do you feel about it? On the one hand, I've always believed that Fallout should be a solo experience, not a communal one, and I can't imagine how this would work in practice. On the other hand, the Fallout series has never steered me wrong before, and I'd be lying if I said I weren't curious to see how this thing works. Sure, Fallout 4's base-building didn't do much for me, but maybe that element can be embraced or ignored, as was the case in Fallout 4?
Lots to think about here, folks. Lots to discuss. Please hit the comments below to tell us how you're feeling about all this, and stay tuned for further updates regarding Fallout 76 out of this year's E3 conference. Bethesda's presentation happens on June 10th, so we'll have more for ya then.