Last week, social media influencers and national media gathered at the Greenbrier for a first look at Fallout 76, the next premiere game release by Bethesda Game Studios. Like previous games in the franchise, it’s set in America after a nuclear war, but unlike them, the company has moved away from big cities and has set Fallout 76 in the entire state of West Virginia, a place the studio was glad to rediscover.
“We’d come to West Virginia and it has such rich local lore, and for us, it was looking at what we could use, and what fits in with the Fallout lore, and how do we blend them together, and it just naturally was such a great fit,” said representatives from Bethesda.
But it’s not just a convenient setting for the game. Bethesda has made a point of not just bringing the state’s name in, but also including actual parts of the state in the game. Players will go through recreations of real cities like Flatwoods, Summersville, Morgantown and more, and that’s something that even national media are noticing.
“It definitely makes sense for this world in particular, so I do like that a lot. Bowser and I specifically are focused on the monsters in the game for our visit, and so what a better hot place for that than West Virginia,” said Jessica Chobot, a podcaster who hosts the Bizarre States podcast with Andrew Bowser on popular website nerdist.com
The Greenbrier event was more than a year in the making, and for people who came to see the game early, being able to find the place they were playing in the game only added to the enjoyment.
“I think it’s so cool to, especially being here at the Greenbrier, experience a building like this in all of its ornate beauty and then sit down and play the game and see it recreated but in the Fallout landscape, in a post-apocalyptic landscape. It just makes it all come to life,” said Bowser
Fallout 76 hits shelves around the country on November 14th.