Back or forward, though, since Fallout 76 is a prequel on the franchise’s post-apocalyptic timeline? Whatever, semantics, and besides – the real question is whether or not this means we’re getting Vertibirds.
In Fallout, the Enclave is what’s left of the pre-war US federal government, which claims to be the only legally-sanctioned authority in the wasteland, because they said so. Much like the US federal government in 2018, they’re the bad guys. War never changes, and neither do politics. Having evacuated to the Poseidon Oil Rig in the Pacific Ocean and other classified locations before the bombs dropped and thus avoiding otherwise mutually assured destruction, the organisation featured prominently in Fallout 2 and Fallout 3, also showing up once or twice in Fallout: New Vegas, and Bethesda has now confirmed that they’ll be in Fallout 76.
Just before the bombs fell, US leadership re-located to a remote Oil Rig off the coast of San Francisco. The Enclave’s mission – to re-establish governmental control of America from key locations, like a secret bunker hidden somewhere deep in Appalachia… #Fallout76 pic.twitter.com/ISnqcVwheE
— Fallout (@Fallout) October 21, 2018
The studio has also previously confirmed that the game won’t include human NPCs, prompting speculation that the Enclave will be a joinable faction for those players who, you know, want to make America great again. For everybody else, there’s The Responders and the Free States.
Fallout 76 launches on 14 November, preceded by a beta starting this week on Xbox One and next week on PC and PS4.