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Fallout 76’s ‘Country Roads’ now on iTunes, proceeds benefit charity

Bethesda said that profits will go to Habitat for Humanity

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When Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout 76 was announced in late May fans were immediately smitten with the trailer’s soundtrack, a lavish cover of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Now they can own that track for just a dollar, with proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity.

The promotion was announced just a few days ago on Bethesda’s official Twitter account. The song went live today, July 4.

Habitat for Humanity is best known for its work creating affordable housing, which is built with a combination of volunteer labor and the sweat equity of the home’s eventual owners. The organization has its roots in a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia but, in 1976, recast itself as Habitat for Humanity International. Since that time it has been active in approximately 70 countries, creating homes for more than 13 million people.

There are a number Habitat affiliated organizations in West Virginia, including one appropriately named Almost Heaven.

In addition to simply getting the song out there, today’s release on iTunes also puts to rest the question of who’s responsible for the song. Many had singled out Greg Priester as the potential balladeer based on a cover he posted to YouTube in 2016, but the singer previously said on Twitter that it wasn’t him.

Turns out that the song is the creation of Copilot Music + Sound, a music production shop based in New York. They also had a hand in creating the bizarre trailer for 2017’s Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.

Fallout 76 launches Nov. 14, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. A beta is expected later this year.

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