To great surprise, Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios walked onto the stage during Microsoft’s press conference. He began by highlighting the company’s 16 year history with Xbox, all the way back to Morrowind on the original, to mods on console with Fallout 4. This led into an announcement that Fallout 4 launches today on Xbox Game Pass.

But the real excitement followed. Todd next showed the world’s first real look at Fallout 76. It will be set in the hills of West Virginia and be four times the size of Fallout 4. The player will leave Vault 76 and enter an untamed and very different wasteland.

The trailer featured the overseer in Vault 76 saying that this vault was “built by you.” As shots of country locations were shown, a song about country roads and going home to West Virginia played. “When the fighting has stopped and the fallout has settled,” the vault overseer says, “you must rebuild [hearts, minds], and America itself.” He then finishes: “In Vault 76 our future begins.” The part on rebuilding suggests that Fallout 76 will feature some kind of construction and leadership feature in addition to typical wasteland wandering.

Whether Fallout 76 is going to be an MMO was not touched on. It appeared to be standard single player Fallout, and the option of co-op is very much possible.

Update: We now know from the Bethesda conference that Fallout 76 will be an online game where solo play is optional and cooperative play is encouraged.

Check out the trailer below:

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Trevor Whalen

I am a lifelong, enthusiastic gamer, freelance writer and editor, blogger, and Thief FM aficionado. I think that exploration-heavy, open-ended first-person games are the best vehicle for story-telling, with the finest Thief missions leading the pack.