Fallout 76’s West Virginia setting is a world away from what we’re used to from the collection, and options many real-life landmarks, in addition to monsters from the realm’s folklore.
We acquired a bunch of particulars on the setting and its inhabitants in Noclip’s The Making of Fallout documentary, and in addition to locations you’ll recognise, there’ll be creatures that you simply received’t – over 63 varieties in all. There are minor spoilers for these of you who need to go in contemporary. You’ve been warned.
The studio has leaned in to the West Virginia setting, utilizing the realm’s lore and landmarks to create a different map with completely different areas, and monstrous beasts.
You’ll discover real-life landmarks like Morgantown, Summersville Lake, and Harpers Ferry, together with Fallout’s tackle the folkore of the realm, which is able to see the inclusion of a few of West Virginia’s spookiest monsters like Mothman, and The Flatwoods Monster. We might even see The Headless Horror, or The Grafton Monster.
Gamers may discover themselves being stalked by Mothman, or being hunted by any variety of the large number of creatures within the recreation.
“The Mothman’s unbelievable. It’s a unique factor. We’ve by no means accomplished it earlier than,” says lead animator, Rick Vicens. “We’re hoping to do phases to him. Early on within the recreation, perhaps he’s simply stalking you.” Presumably the encounters will escalate in depth, till he decides to assault.
As a result of the sport is ready 25 years after the bombs dropped, the studio can play with extra outlandish creature designs. There’s extra radiation, so you’ll be able to anticipate “crazier mutants and large crops,” says lead artist, Nate Purkeypile.
The explanation we don’t see these animals roaming round within the video games set later within the timeline is that “perhaps that was such a foul mutation that they died out. However right here, it nonetheless exists.”
The several types of wildlife populate the completely different areas of the map, just like the floodlands, poisonous wastelands, swampy woods, and a mountain vary that bisects the map in addition. Evaluating the terrain to Fallout four’s “flat map,” Fallout 76’s mountain tops and the landmarks perched on high of them will act as landmarks that gamers can orient themselves by.
There’s additionally a dynamic climate system, which incorporates rad storms, that may impact gamers.
Whereas there could also be extra creatures, you received’t discover any raiders – a recreation design selection and a story one.
From a lore perspective, it’s too early for them to have established themselves and arrange factions. From a gameplay standpoint, the studio needed to ensure that operating into different people had some significance to it.
The completely satisfied medium resulted in clever ghouls, known as The Scorched.
“They’re type of like feral ghouls that aren’t fairly up to now gone,” says Purkeypile. “They nonetheless know methods to use weapons. Basically our raiders are The Scorched.”
Fallout 76 launches on November 14 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.