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Fallout’s New Teaser Trailer and Rumors Are Mounting
Since Bethesda purchased the rights to the Fallout Intellectual Property from the bankrupt Interplay Studios in 2007, fans eagerly awaited the launch of the promised Fallout 3. Even though, Bethesda had agreed in 2004 to help Interplay work on the title it would not have a trailer until months later. Fallout 3 gave a new perspective on the vastly different prequels, and the fans exploded with excitement. The 3d graphics introduced a much more attractive gameplay for hundreds of thousands of eager players. In the three month period after its release in October 2008, Bethesda sold more than 4.7 million copies. This meant even more loyal followers for the sequels–Fallout 4 (selling 1.2 million copies in under 24 hours, sitting at the most popular Fallout game at to-date sales of 13.89 million), and Fallout: New Vegas (at 8.41 millions copies to-date sales.)
So what’s next?
How about a step back in time.
If we as a community were to break down the new Fallout teaser Trailer, at 0:29 seconds, in the lower left-hand corner of the video we see a Pip-Boy displaying a date and time of “27 OCT 2102 ?06:34.” This lets us know that this teased Fallout game takes place before even the very first Fallout (the very first one made by Interplay.) The entire Fallout timeline starts in tandem with the actual United States / Global history until September 2nd, 1945–a date most recognize as the day Japan officially surrenders and marks the official end of WWII. This is where Fallout splits off from us.
- July 16, 1945 The Trinity Test
- Aug 6, 1945 The attack on Hiroshima
- Sept. 2, 1945 Japan surrenders, and the Fallout universe begins to diverge from ours
- 1969 The U.S. shrinks politically, from 50 states to 13
- 2002 West Tek is founded
- June 25, 2020 Robert House is born
- 2038 Robert House enrolls at MIT, the forerunner of The Institute
- April 2052 The Resource Wars begin
- July 26, 2052 The United Nations is disbanded
- Dec. 2053 Small-scale nuclear war
- 2054 Construction on the Vaults begins
- 2060 The petroleum era ends
- 2066 China invades Alaska
- 2067 Power armor is deployed in combat for the first time
- 2072 The U.S. begins the formal annexation of Canada
- 2073 The Enclave takes action
- 2074 The U.S. invades China
- Jan. 3, 2076 U.S. Army observers are sent to West Tek to monitor research
- Jan. 10, 2077 Alaska is reclaimed by U.S. Forces
- Oct. 10, 2077 Unethical medical testing discovered at West Tek
- Oct. 20, 2077 Maxson and his men desert from the U.S. Army
- Oct. 23, 2077 The Great War, and the beginning of the prelude to Fallout 4
- Oct. 23, 2077 The Enclave escapes
- Oct. 23, 2077 Ghouls are created at Vault 12
- Nov. 2077 The Exodus, and the creation of the Brotherhood of Steel
- 2083 Necropolis is founded
- June 23, 2102 The Master comes to power, and creates the super mutants
- Oct 27, 2102 FALLOUT 76 TRAILER STARTS HERE.
If you’d like to, you can read more about some of the details after the end of WWII in the Fallout universe here. The video below summarizes the entire timeline as well.
We know WHEN it is, but what is it?
According to Jason Schreier at Kotaku, it will not be the single-player RPG that we are now use to and love.
[…] Fallout 76 is in fact an online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games like DayZ and Rust, according to three people familiar with the project. Those people, speaking anonymously so as not to damage their careers, confirmed that Fallout 76 is an experimental new entry in the longrunning post-apocalyptic series.
Torn is an understatement for how the community feels. After browsing reddit forums, it was apparent that some people are most definitely hyped for a new style overall. Some fans of generalized survival type MMOs are concerned with the comparison to “DayZ” as said game does not have the greatest community of people, nor does it have a very smooth or complete gameplay style. Compared to “RUST,” Fallout 76 ‘hype-fans’ are those looking forward to the survival-type game after the mention of the already released former mentioned game.
At the end of all of the hype, of course, are the naysayers, likely the gamers who have played the public multiplayer mod for Fallout:New Vegas. Trolls blind sided players by camping spawn points and immediately nuking them with “Fat Mans” (the small nuke-like weapon) when trying to leave the city of Goodsprings. The mod frustrated the majority of players, who abandoned play online. Concerned that Fallout 76 will be more of the same, gamers are defensive. Others who are also unhappy are looking to continue the saga (even if it IS before of all of the other games take place) of a single-player RPG.
We as a community also know, that Bethesda has attempted to create an MMO before; Elder Scrolls online. I leave it to you, reader, to extrapolate. Unfortunately for Bethesda, Elder Scrolls Online did not do well in sales, and does not have a large following.
Dear Bethesda, how will Fallout look?
Fallout 76 will be unique, with it having been only a short twenty years after the nuclear war. Gamers can expect to have a far less organized or even civilized landscape. To add salt to the wounds, players exiting Vault 76 will also be smart to expect Super Mutants, of which were developed (in the timeline) just short months before. The landscape will be full of heavily radioactive creatures, more than the dear player may be use to. From only the teaser, we are not sure where this new series installment will take place. Rumors have designated that it may be in West Virginia; however only time will tell.
We have so many more questions Bethesda; can you tell us more? To which they answer; “See you at E3!”
Twitter and Bethesda.com will be live streaming their booth on June 10th, 2018. We are expecting more news then!
— Fallout (@Fallout) June 4, 2018
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