Bethesda has opened the announcement and pre-launch marketing vault for Fallout 76, confirming internet rumours that it’s “an online game of some sort” and also that it’s a prequel and that you can drop nukes on other players. Mostly that you can drop nukes on other players, though.

Country roads, take me home

Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia. It’s been 20 years since the bombs fell, and it’s time to start rebuilding the American dream, one BlamCo Mac & Cheese-sponsored bullet at a time. Fallout 76 features the same atomic wasteland you know and love, but mashes it up with the unpredictable anarchy of other people. And you thought Deathclaws were bad.

Duck and cover

Although the game will apparently support single-player for those reclusive antisocial ghouls who want it, its real focus is on co-op and competitive play, with some lite base management. Using the new Vault-Tec Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P., I get it), you’ll be able to set up camp (sorry, C.A.M.P.) “anywhere in the world” to provide accommodation, safety, supplies, and even open your own shop. The cheapest deals on dog meat this side of the Appalachians!

Described by designer Todd Howard as “softcore survival”, death will not result in a loss of character progression, but the loss of some of your stuff is presumably another thing entirely. According to the press info, Fallout 76 also uses the same S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system from previous games.

Drop nukes on other players

Because you can. Fallout 76’s irradiated landscape is crammed with missile silos you can loot for launch codes, and threaten the world with a second nuclear annihilation like the post-apocalyptic US president you were meant to be. Or, I dunno, swap them for some Dandy Boy Apples.

Break it Early Test Application

The game’s 14 November release will be preceded by a Break it Early Te- oh, a beta. “I’ve read on the internet that our games have a few bugs,” Howard explained. “Sometimes it doesn’t just work.” Which is no guarantee that it will work on launch either, obviously.

A rad collector’s edition

Rad like rads. Radiation. I have to make that joke, it’s the rules. Anyway, Fallout 76 has a Power Armor Edition that includes a replica T-51b helmet, a glow-in-the-dark map, some collectible figurines, and a West Tek-branded duffel bag so you can bring everything to work and procrastinate like a pro.

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