Sources: Fallout 76 Is An Online Survival RPG

When Bethesda announced Fallout 76 with a teaser trailer this morning, promising more information at E3, it was easy to assume that the new game would be a traditional single-player role-playing game. But Fallout 76 is in fact an online survival RPG that's heavily inspired by games such as DayZ and Rust, according to three people familiar with the project.

Screenshot: Fallout 76 teaser trailer

Those people, speaking anonymously so as not to damage their careers, confirmed that Fallout 76 is an experimental new entry in the long-running post-apocalyptic series.

When Bethesda first teased the game Wednesday morning, fans and pundits speculated that it might be a Fallout 3 remaster or a New Vegas-style spinoff in a new location, but as Kotaku reported that morning, it is in fact something completely new and completely different. The teaser might lead Fallout fans to believe that this is a traditional entry in the series, but according to our sources, that's not the case.

Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4 with the goal of envisioning what an online Fallout game might look like, Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said.

It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs such as Skyrim. It will also feature base-building - just like 2015's Fallout 4 - and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources.

One source cautioned that the gameplay is rapidly changing, like it does in many online "service" games, but that's the core outline.

The game is named after the series' Vault 76, which has been mentioned in both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. According to Fallout lore, Vault 76 was meant to open just 20 years after the nuclear war, allowing for a far less civilised setting than previous games.

Fallouts 3 and 4, which are full of cities and settlements, both take place over 200 years after the war, after much of the population has had time to reconstruct human civilisation. Fallout 76 will feel very different.

As the narrator of the trailer says: "When the fighting is stopped, and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild."

Fallout 76 is in development not just at Bethesda Game Studios' main office, in Maryland, where the likes of Skyrim and Fallout 4 were made, but also at the company's newest branch, in Austin, according to our sources. That Austin studio, formerly known as BattleCry Studios, had been working on an online hero combat game called BattleCry before that game was cancelled.

"We have concerns about the BattleCry game and whether it is meeting the objectives we have for it," Bethesda told press in the spring of 2015. "We are evaluating what improvements the game needs to meet our quality standards. The studio remains busy during this process on multiple projects."

In March, Bethesda announced that BattleCry Studios had become part of Bethesda Game Studios.

Bethesda did not respond to a request for comment. We'll see more of Fallout 76 at the publisher's E3 press conference on June 11.


    Righto. Can we drop the Fallout name now and just call it "fun and hijinks in the wasteland"? Bethesda have finally stripped the last vestige of what made the original Fallout games great.

    So I guess I'm the only one that heard 'Fallout 76' and was like 'FUCK YES FALLOUT IS DOING A CROSSOVER WITH INTERSTATE '76 THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE'... and then was sorely disappointed.

    I wasn't excited about this announcement initially because something felt a little off about it. Online focused Fallout? I couldn't care less. A remastering of Fallout 3 and New Vegas would have been interesting, but this? It's already dead to me.

    Reading a lot of negativity, but I'm intrigued. It was never going to be Fallout 5 or ESO6, so I'm at least glad it's something new and not just a remaster.

    No, just no. Was rather hoping they'd go into space, maybe Fallout Mars, or at the least Fallout Europe, Asia or Australia. Sigh

    "We have concerns about the BattleCry game and whether it is meeting the objectives we have for it," {sic} "We are evaluating what improvements the game needs to meet our quality standards."

    If that dosen't scream ringing endorsement I don't know what does...

    "Meaty RPGs like Skyrim"

    Meaty Skyrim...


    Fallout 1 and 2 say hello...

    They probably announced this early because they knew it was going to piss people off and not have it overshadow their E3 announcements.

    Ah well I still have the rest of the Fallout games to potter around in and rage 2 looks ok

    The hilarious part preorders have already opened up for it and we don’t even know what type of game it is.

    You guys don't seem to understand. They're not trying to snag the fallout RPG players, they're trying to snag the survival game players, as well some fallout players second. It's not made for you.

    A combination of ARK and Fallout, SIGN ME UP!!! Iv'e been playing Fallout games since the first one and Ark has some great ideas. Executed with the guidance of a large studio and this sounds promising. I will wait for some reviews but will probably buy it.

    DO I want a Fallout mod ontop of RUST type game. Nope.

    I can handle a narrated 1-4 player coop experience if the story is cool and all but this is starting to sound like a Vault 76 hub for 100 players and then PUBG/Rust experience, sorry Bethesda, plenty of games already do that just fine we don't need a Fallout Modded verison...

    But they can go ahead and release it, just don't expect to be the next Fortnite or Pubg...

    "Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4" FFS why didn't they just release THAT.

    the settlement building was the most unwelcome addition to the disappointing Fallout 4

    this will be a hard pass for me

    Nothing in this the video or the news we have received have suggested this is a multiplayer/survival game..

      That's why they're using the phrase "our sources say".

    So basically they're going to milk the hell out of the online MMO nonsense like ESO instead of releasing a proper Fallout any time soon (if at all).

    I guess there just wasn't enough grinding in skyrim and FO4. Now we'll have settlement building where we have to hand...craft...every...single...nail...

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now