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Fallout 76 launching this November

Bethesda Game Studios holding a beta

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Fallout 76’s titular vault will open Nov. 14, 2018, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today during its BE3 Showcase ahead of E3 2018.

Bethesda Game Studios game director Todd Howard said the company will conduct a beta for Fallout 76 — it’s an online multiplayer game — although he did not give a time window or platforms for the beta. The beta will be “run” by Vault-Tec, the company that constructed the vaults in Fallout’s fiction, as the “Break-it Early Test Application.”

Bethesda announced Fallout 76 at the end of May with a teaser trailer showing off the well-maintained Vault 76. The vault, which was mentioned in both Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, was designed for humanity to be able to rebuild civilization after The Great War, when a nuclear apocalypse destroyed much of the life on Earth. Fallout 76 takes place in 2102, just 25 years after the bombs fell; it is the earliest game in the series’ timeline.

For more on Fallout 76, check out the gameplay footage that Howard debuted at the show.

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