After teasing a new announcement through a 24-hour stream on Twitch, Bethesda Softworks has revealed the next entry in the Fallout universe, and its name is Fallout 76.
As you can see from the teaser trailer embedded below, the video is set in the all-too-familiar environment of a bomb shelter that looks to be in the midst of a celebration, complete with balloons, confetti, and other decorations. A sign overhead calls it the "Reclamation Party", and there are plenty of shots of different family spaces inside the shelter including a child's bedroom. Every so often, a single vault dweller is shown wearing the Vault 76 suit.
While this is all the public has to go off of, Kotaku is reporting that this will be "an online game of some sort", with other websites reporting they have heard similar stories.
Update: Kotaku has further detailed their insight on Fallout 76, stating that "Fallout 76 is in fact an online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games like DayZ and Rust". It seems Fallout 76 started life as a prototype multiplayer version of Fallout 4, but has evolved over the past few years. Kotaku's sources claim that the game still features quests and story like you would expect in a Fallout title, but also expands base-building to incorporate multiplayer and survival-based mechanics.
Fallout 76 is currently in development at Bethesda Game Studios and will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It's very likely we will hear more about this title during Bethesda's press conference during E3 in Los Angeles, which will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 PM PT. You can bet we will share any additional details as they are unveiled.
For now, check out the teaser trailer below:
Here are the first screenshots as well: