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Letters from the Front

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Fallout has had a long and rich history, everything in a Fallout trailer needs to be picked over for hints and clues. Each trailer is littered with things from previous Fallout titles and we’re going to do exactly that today, but before that, we’ll go into what the game is all about.

Fallout 76 takes place in the hills of West Virginia. West Virginia is a state located in Appalachian region of the eastern United States and is bordered by Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and Ohio. West Virginia entered the union in 1861 and is considered a part of the southern United States. West Virginia is notable for having mountains, rolling hills, logging and coal mining industries as well as having a lot of secrets which is perfect for a Fallout game.

Fallout 76 is a prequel to the entire Fallout franchise taking place in 2102, only a few months prior to the creation of the Super Mutants on the West Coast. Fallout 76 is an online game with the option of playing solo if you would like and there will be private worlds and mods coming to the game after it launches in November. Let’s get right into the new trailer.

 

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As the trailer begins, we can see a soldier in a Power Armor looking over a hill as the bombs begin to drop in 2077.

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As the bombs drop, we can see the soldier trying to cover his face as the light from the bombs are bright.

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The same soldier looking as the shockwave begins to ripple through the region. He soon realizes that his fate has been sealed.

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A closer look at inside the vault.

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I previously thought that Reclamation Day was something sinister but Reclamation Day is the day that the Vault dwellers will emerge from the vault and re-emerge into the world above to repopulate.

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We pick up from where the teaser trailer left off. Vault 76 suit in all of it’s glory.

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Our first look at what’s outside the vault. According to the map, Vault 76 is in the Shenandoah Valley which is a geographic valley and cultural region of West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Shenandoah is bordered by the Blueridge Mountains to the north and by the Potomac River which was seen in Fallout 3. I wonder if we’ll be able to cross the Potomac into Virginia.

 

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A panorama view of one part of the game world. As we can see the bombs didn’t detonate in West Virginia or the bombs didn’t do as much damage as opposed to the rest of the nation.

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Fog rolling across the hills.

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A look at a small town in the region. This scene is one of my favorites as you can see some of the graphical upgrades that Bethesda has done to it’s creation engine.

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Another look at the hills. In this scene, we can see a nuclear powerplant hidden in the rolling hills.

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A look at a destroyed town. The bombs or the explosion from the bomb probably reached this section of the map as it is destroyed and we can see a creature of some kind roaming around.

 

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Our character walking by himself in a eerie and quiet town. We can see the remnants of what was a part of daily life before the bombs fell.

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An aircraft of some kind that has crash landed on a house’s front lawn. It appears to be some kind of leisure plane, beside it we can see a Nuka Cola sign and a water tower.

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“Vault-Tec celebrates 300 years of America!” . this is most likely the entrance to Vault 76 or the entrance to the Shenandoah Valley.

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Our character is now wearing a firefighter outfit and is carrying a fireaxe. From the developers themselves, we can find this outfit in the Charleston Fire Department building and take a test there which I assume will grant us this outfit as a reward.

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A look at a new creature and does he look super ugly. Behind this new creature, we can see a ruined and irradiated landscape as well as the West Virginia State capital building. This region is Charleston which is the capital of West Virginia.

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Our character is facing the Mothman in this scene. The Mothman is a part of the West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. The myth first appeared in 1966 in the real world so in the Fallout universe, Mothman is most likely real as evidenced in this scene.

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A decrepit church at night. It reminds me a lot of Point Lookout from Fallout 3.

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Vault-Tec university, maybe?

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This is most likely the Greenbrier resort. The Greenbrier Resort in the real world was the site of a massive underground bunker that was meant to be used in an emergency if the Cold War turned into a nuclear war, this is where members of the US congress would reside if D.C was ever hit by nuclear weaponry.  In Fallout, however, this scenario might be present since the Enclave is the remnants of the US Government. If the Enclave is here in Fallout 76 then we might have a BoS scenario in which the Enclave in 76 is split from the Poseidon Oil Rig and is trying in contact with the rest of the Enclave at the Poseidon Oil Rig. An Enclave East Coast chapter, if you will.

 

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