Fallout 76 might not be a Battle Royale game like I thought. However, sources now suggest it is an online survival RPG inspired by DayZ and Rust.

Three anonymous sources approached Kotaku and revealed that Fallout 76 is an “experimental new entry in the longrunning post-apocalyptic series.”

While the game will still have a more traditional RPG structure with story and quests, the main focus is on surviving and rebuilding civilization. Or as the man in the trailer puts it: “When the fighting is stopped, and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild.”

Fallout 76 will feature base building and survival-based mechanics. That should be interesting, as surviving the wasteland in any Fallout game is tough enough. Think of it as an extreme version of Fallout 4’s Survival Mode.

Speaking out which, according to the same sources, Fallout 76 has actually started as a Fallout 4 multiplayer component but has evolved into something new. However, gameplay and direction can still shift and change as development continues. We are talking about an online “game as a service” title, after all.

I must say a Fallout survival RPG sounds much better than a Fallout Battle Royale. It also makes much more sense within the series’ lore.

In both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, the player emerges to a world already populated and partially rebuilt. Fallout 76 might tell the story of the people who did some of that rebuilding.

While all this information is very intriguing, it’s all still rumors. Bethesda refuse to confirm any of it (not even my not-at-all crazy Battle Royale theory).

We’ll find out the full details on Fallout 76 during Bethesda’s pre-E3 press event, scheduled for 6:30 pm PT on June 10.

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