Bethesda released only a minimal amount of info about Fallout 76 since its reveal at the end of May. However, with a combination of Fallout lore and breaking down the trailer, there is a fair amount of info about the game already, and more info will come at E3 at both the Bethesda press conference and a panel with the game’s director, Todd Howard.
Fallout 76, like the previous games, will focus on a survivor from one particular vault, which was made by a company Vault-Tec that built bomb shelters called vaults to protect humanity before the “Great War.” In this game, players will play as a survivor of Vault 76, which was the first vault to open, 20 years after the war, meaning the world will be freshly destroyed. A date on the Pip-Boy in the trailer shows Oct. 27, 2102, which makes the game the earliest on the timeline of Fallout games. There were 500 people in the vault and supposedly, no special experiments were done on the vault dwellers.
As for the game itself, early reports state Fallout 76 will be an online game. For many, the assumption is that it will play more like an MMORPG similar to another Bethesda title, The Elder Scrolls Online. However, with the inclusion of base building in Fallout 4, there is some speculation this new game will make use of that gameplay to take the form of a survival game such as Rust where players can build structures while working with or fighting off other players.
Fallout fans will learn plenty about Fallout 76 once E3 2018 starts off. Not only will the game be the start of Bethesda’s E3 press conference on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, but there will also be a panel about the game at the E3 Coliseum. “The Making of Fallout 76” panel will feature Howard, as he answers questions about the game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.