Bethesda has official announced the next game in their Fallout series of RPGs: Fallout 76.

Yesterday, May 29, 2018, Bethesda posted a cryptic tweet featuring the iconic “please stand by” screen from the Fallout series. This seemed to imply that a major announcement regarding the franchise was on its way.

Today, Bethesda officially announced that Fallout 76 is in development. In addition, a teaser trailer for the game was published to Bethesda’s YouTube Channel.

The trailer clearly implies that, in line with the game’s title, Fallout 76 will have players step into the shoes of a resident of Vault 76. For those who need a quick lesson in Fallout lore, Vault 76 is a Vault-Tec vault that sets the game up for a rather interesting story.

Through hints found in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, it is known that Vault 76 was a vault that was scheduled to be opened twenty years after the Great War and its inhabitants were to colonize and repopulate the wasteland. Vault 76 is also one of Vault-Tec’s few “control vaults”, meaning it was one of the few not to subject its inhabitants to horrible experiments.

According to Fallout lore, Vault 76 is also located in the Capital Wasteland, the main setting of Fallout 3 that contains Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas. The music in the Fallout 76 trailer also suggests that the game will take place in or around the state of West Virginia, meaning players will likely be able to explore the outskirts of the Capital Wasteland that Fallout 3‘s map did not cover.

Finally, one of the key elements of the trailer shows that Vault 76 is celebrating “Reclamation Day,”, which seems to imply that the plans for the vault’s inhabitants to reclaim the wasteland is right on schedule. And since the game will seemingly take place only twenty years after the war, players might be able to expect more radiation, more bizarre creatures, and an overall more volatile setting.

Bethesda has stated that more information about the game will be released at the Bethesda Showcase at E3 2018, which will take place on June 10 at 6:30pm PT. The game has also been made available for pre-order through retailers like GameStop and Best Buy.

Fallout 76 is currently in development for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.