Since yesterday morning, Bethesda has been drawing more than 100,000 Twitch viewers to a static “Please Stand By” screen with a Pip-Boy in the foreground. Today, those patient fans were rewarded with a rather cryptic, gameplay-free trailer for , the next game from Bethesda Game Studios.
Opening with a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” the teaser slowly leads us through the interior of Vault 76, which we know from past games was built in the Virginia area.
Still, the teaser appears to show someone gearing up for a red-letter day. The vault—which appears pristine and functional—is littered with the remains of a huge party, and the character appears to have set his or her alarm in order to get up early for “Reclamation Day,” which we assume is when the doors open and the vault’s inhabitants emerge to take back a world cleansed of Commies and rich with oil.
Boy, are they going to be in for a surprise.
A politician on the trailer’s old tube TV intones gravely: “When the fighting has stopped and the fallout has settled, you must rebuild.” Reading way too much into that statement, we could guess that might be a combat-free take on the formula, refocusing and expanding on the base-building elements of . Kotaku says that they “hear it’s an online game of some sort,” so it might be prudent to avoid getting your hopes up for a single-player RPG in the style of previous entries.
We’re expecting to learn more about at Bethesda’s E3 press event on Sunday, June 10. If you really want to buy anything with the “Fallout” name attached without knowing anything about it, though, pre-orders are already open for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One editions.