On May 29th, Bethesda tweeted out this simple little gif:
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) May 29, 2018
Of course, immediately, everyone went *NUTS*. That’s pretty much the test pattern they used in the Fallouts, you see. What’s going on? People yelled. Grabbing each other and shaking them. “TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON!”
So then, on May 30th, the Official Teaser Trailer for Fallout 76 was released:
At this point, everybody started picking up chairs and hitting each other with them.
Stuff we know:
Stuff we’re guessing:
Well, did you see the date on the Pip-Boy in the teaser? It says “27 Oct 2102”.
Well, Fallout 4 starts on the First and Last day of the Great War: October 23rd 2077.
So, if the Pip-Boy isn’t lying to us (or the person who programmed the Pip-Boy wasn’t lying to them), it’s about 25 years after the Great War ended.
So we continue the teaser. I notice Jangles the Moon Monkey lying there on the bed. Huh. I jump to the conclusion that we’re using the same engine as Fallout 4 with the same artifacts thrown about the game. Maybe a handful of tweaks here or there. Pull back a little more and I see that we’re in a vault.
We see a hat on the bed and a full backpack. Well, it’s technically bad luck to put a hat on a bed. But this seems to be a “fixin’ to get ready to go out” situation. Cut to a television with Ron Perlman’s voice saying “For when the fighting has stopped and the *FALLOUT* has settled, you must rebuild.” We get some more quick scenes around the vault until we see a computer with an animated invitation announcing “YOU ARE INVITED!” and then we see a great hall with a large banner saying “CELEBRATE RECLAMATION DAY!”
From all of the confetti and the state of the stuff on the tables, it seems clear that the party is over. We see someone strap on their Pip-Boy and cut to their back where we see the gold numbers 76. “In Vault 76, Our Future Begins.”
Now, there is zero gameplay in this teaser and so we know very little about anything else beyond what is in the teaser, but Vault 76 was mentioned from time to time in the other games. I’m pretty sure that we can’t trust the Fallout Wiki for anything but the broadest strokes, but here’s the broadest strokes:
Fallout 3’s Citadel terminal entries mentioned Vault 76 as being a “control” vault. No experimentation, just run the way it says on the brochure.
If you remember the Mothership Zeta DLC, there was an alien captive log that has the Assistant CEO of Vault-Tec talking about how he was abducted while out doing an inspection of Vault 76.
And the newscaster (Ron Perlman!) at the beginning of Fallout 4 mentions Vault 76 having opened the year before. “Since debuting Vault 76 last year, in honor of America’s tercentenary, Vault-Tec continues to expand with plans for well over 100 Vaults around the country.”
And… that’s pretty much all we can be confident in at this point.
There are *TONS* of rumors swirling around out there. Don’t trust anything you hear until E3. Only half of what you see.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))