Many gamers consider Fallout to be one of the most consistently strong franchises. It was first released all the way back in 1997. In that twenty year history it’s leaped from DOS, to Windows and all the way to full compatibility with game consoles.
And in all that time it’s been able to keep up a consistent and ever evolving storyline. Any trailer for a new Fallout game will soon attract detailed analysis. But the attention given in the wake of Fallout 76’s teaser trailer deserves special attention.
The analysis doesn’t just highlight the recent news. It also helps demonstrate that Bethesda knows how fans approach Fallout. The author was quick to note a seemingly minor detail within the trailer. It’s a single date on a small computer display. The date, 2102, might seem futuristic to outsiders. But fans of the series will recognize it as oddly anachronistic.
The past three games in the series have taken place around 2200. 2102 pushes the timeline so far back that it almost touches on the defining event of Fallout. The very event which left fallout covering the world in the first place.
The author puts forward a hypothesis that it might be more of a survival game. And Kotaku, in return, hinted rather strongly that this is the case. This could mark a big change for the Franchise as a whole. The line “war never changes” has been its tagline for quite a while now. To be fair, the gameplay of Fallout has changed with the years and decades. But it’s stayed stylistically consistent since those early days of DOS gaming.
The author also notes that the titular 76 probably refers to vault 76. This is one of the few fully functional fallout shelters within the franchise. When one puts all of these facts together it strongly hints at an interesting game. One where players might get to experience a whole new view of the franchise’s mythos.