Bethesda has announced Fallout 76, a new game in the post-apocalyptic series.

You can’t glean much from the teaser trailer, but we can see the game takes place in Vault 76, which isn’t much of a surprise. However, a rumor claims that Fallout 76 is an online game.

According to Kotaku, Fallout 76 is “an online game of some sort.” They also claim the studio working on the game is Bethesda’s Austin studio. The Austin studio was known as Battlecry Studios and worked on the now-canceled Battlecry.

Kotaku doesn’t say where they got this information from, but it got me intrigued. So I did a tiny bit of digging and came across the wiki page for Vault 76.

That’s when I realized we could be getting a Fallout Battle Royale. Allow me to explain.

Fallout 76 Vault 76

The wiki page states that Vault 76 was a control vault set to open 20 years after the war. That’s around the year 2097. For comparison, Fallout 4 takes place in 2287.

That fact that this is a control vault means that no weird experiments took place there. Everyone should be quite normal, or as normal as you can be after spending 20 years in an underground bunker.

We also learn that the vault was built to hold 500 people.

Now, the trailer shows the vault empty on “Reclamation Day” which probably means that everyone is already outside. So the game will take place in an open area, probably somewhere in West Virginia judging by the song playing in the background.

We have an online game taking place in an open area full of bandits, super-mutants, and ghouls, where around 500 understandably scared people roam unchecked.

To me, it sounds like the perfect settings for a Fallout Battle Royale. There are already BR games with 400 players in the works, so what’s a 100 more?

Fallout 76 Pip-boy

Of course, it could also be a standard open-world Fallout game with a multiplayer mode.

I keep seeing Battle Royale games everywhere these days, so when I hear about a new multiplayer game, that’s where my mind automatically goes.

We’ll find out more about Fallout 76 at Bethesda’s E3 2018 conference, scheduled for Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 pm PT.

The game is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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