In the lead-up to “Reclamation Day”–or, the release date of Fallout 76–Bethesda have been turning it up to 11 with their marketing campaign to ensure that the online-only open world RPG is in the eyes and ears of gamers around the country.

Based in the fictional region of Appalachia, named after and based on the real-world area of the United States that includes West Virginia, Fallout 76 is a unique open world RPG in which every human you’ll encounter in game is an actual human who is also playing the game. That means no exposition except for audio logs and non-human characters, no quest-givers, no nothing. Just an expansive open world (which Bethesda is exceptionally good at,) and thousands of other human players.

Given the difficulties there’ll be with getting your friends to wait around and listen to some audio log meander while telling you a story, Bethesda must be heavily banking on the emergent storytelling and narratives that should hopefully come from playing a game as open as Fallout 76.

Yesterday, you may have noticed new Fallout 76 murals painted across the walls of the world’s mural capital, Melbourne. If you haven’t seen them yet, the Apparition Media created murals are at the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe Streets, and the corner of Collins and Elizabeth Streets. If you head to Bethesda ANZ’s Twitter account, you’ll see a video of the murals as they’re being created.

Not only that, but on the 10th of November, four days out from Fallout 76‘s release, a team of student engineers from the University of Newcastle will compete in this year’s Red Bull Flugtag, under the “Vault Boys” banner. The team must be hoping they won’t perform too well, as flying into the sun on the wings of the Scorchbeast might render them unable to play Fallout 76 for a while.

Vault Boy sails into the horizon on the wings of the Vault Boys' Scorchbeast (artist's rendition)

Vault Boy sails into the horizon on the wings of the Vault Boys’ Scorchbeast (artist’s rendition)

But wait–that’s not all. Bethesda has also recently partnered with both Microsoft and online fashion/culture outlet HYPEBEAST to launch “Helmets for Habitat”, which will see the creation and auctioning of custom-designed Fallout power armour helmets for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity, a charity designed at providing everyone with shelter. Australian artists selected to paint their own power helmets included tattoo artist Lauren Winzer, street artist Mulga, and 2D animator Sam Green. Visit the official auction site, Paddle8, to check out the full range of power armour helmets and bid on them for yourself!

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The Fallout 76 beta will be open on these dates and times:

  • November 2nd, 5 – 10 AM AEDT
  • November 4th, 8 AM – 12 PM AEDT
  • November 5th, 5 AM – 12 PM AEDT

Fallout 76 launches on November 14th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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