Yesterday, Bethesda Softworks released the first teaser trailer for Fallout 76, which has already passed 5.6 million views on YouTube. Obviously, people are excited about this new installment in the Fallout series, and if you played Fallout 4 at all, you know why. If you haven’t, I’ll paint you a picture.
The world’s style pauses in the fifties, but technology advances to the point of laser weapons, power armor, and A.I. butlers. In the year 2077, a nuclear holocaust is a culmination of “The Great War” and it forces many citizens to go to their nearest Vault (fallout shelter) to await reclamation day when they can all go back up to rebuild. This doesn’t happen for our main character in Fallout 4, as he wakes up 210 years later to the wasteland of Boston. Everything is in ruins, and the world has changed, but people (and mutated people) still live on.
What we can see from the Fallout 76 trailer is that the date is October 27, 2102, just 25 years after the nuclear holocaust that sent so many people into the Vaults. This sets this game as the earliest in the series with your character setting out on what we may be able to assume is reclamation day. This is supported by the trailer’s final line, “In Vault 76, our future begins.” What will the world look like this early in the timeline? And where are we?
The most prominent aspect of the trailer that you will notice right away is the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” which gives us one prospect for the setting: West Virginia. The song also mentions the Shenandoah Valley. Both locations (at least the east tip of WV) are close to Washington D.C. which it seems the trailer alludes to with the television broadcast. As IGN writer, Jonathon Dornbush theorizes, we could be seeing the area just outside of D.C. and not just West Virginia.
As an outside theory, before you go, I‘d like to throughout the possibility of Philadelphia, based on the number of the Vault: 76. One shot in the trailer significantly leads to a poster that says that Vault 76 is “The official vault of the Tricentennial.” The tricentennial would have been a celebration of the 300th year since the ratification of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Couple this with the fact that Fallout 3, which takes place in Washington DC, where your character comes out of Vault 101. Would it make sense if vault 101 and 76 are next to each other? I don’t think so. Maybe we’ll find out on June 10th at 6:30 pm PT, during Bethesda’s E3 Showcase!
Where do you think Fallout 76 takes place? Sound off in the comments, Junkies!