Fallout 76: Where Does It Take Place

A few days ago those of us who are followers of Bethesda Game Studios were treated to the notice we were waiting for:

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When we see this we know there is something good coming down the pike and we were not disappointed. Fallout 76 is on it’s way and I for one am stoked.

Fallout 4 was the best Fallout game to date and when I had finished it I wanted more right away. It has been a long wait but not as long as it was between the previous iterations. The trailer dropped and we got a glimpse of the new vault in which we will be beginning our adventure.

The song at the beginning may hold clues to the location of the new wasteland which I hope to be exploring sooner rather than later. West Virginia and more specifically the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains are in the eastern part of the panhandle of West Virginia and they stretch southwest and more importantly northeast into New York State. A big city within the range is Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Also Philadelphia is on the edge of the Appalachians of which the Blue Ridge range is a part. The one thing I can guess with a very high likelihood is that this installment will be in Pennsylvania, either in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia.

Do I have anything to back up this guess? As a matter of fact I do…

The one thing I could find about the number 76 is interstate 76 which runs around the outskirts of Pittsburgh. I know, interstate 76 runs through many cities and one of those cities is Philadelphia. Being a Steelers fan I would love to see the next Fallout be based there but the poster on the wall reads 1776 to 2076… what could that portend? That could point to a key event in the year 1776 which was the signing of the Declaration of Independence which was in… Philadelphia. With such overwhelming evidence I have to say that it will be in and around Philly.

There are some who are already speculating this may be an MMO as was the thought when Fallout 4 was announced. If this is the case then it could be very good news. If you have played Elder Scrolls Online then you would know what I am talking about. Elder Scrolls Online started out like all of the rest of the glut of MMOs out there. Grinding and boring quests which make me quickly lose interest.

Once they updated the game with One Tamriel it changed everything. No longer were you stuck on a linear path which must be followed in order to advance. The MMO had met its match in the Bethesda developers. They had created something which shifted the paradigm. I am sure the developers have learned much in the years since its release and if they were to bring their lessons to a Fallout game along those same lines we could be in for something quite extraordinary. I am not so sure this will be the case though. How many MMOs can a company support?

Of course I would not be disappointed, I would be overjoyed if it were another single player adventure like the previous Fallout games. I have been enjoying these games for years and I hope to enjoy them for many more. No matter what Bethesda has in store for us I am excited to find out more. The E3 official announcement is on June 10th according to the website. We will find out more then but right now I am as pleased as I have been all year.

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