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Fallout 76 leak points to ‘online survival RPG’

The teaser trailer for Fallout 76 was your stock-standard offering as far as Bethesda teaser trailers go, and we almost certainly won’t hear anything more official than the trailer itself ahead of the company’s pre-E3 showing on June 10.

That hasn’t stopped chatter and many a leak about the game filtering through ahead of next month’s gaming extravaganza, and Fallout 76 is now bound to be established as the most anticipated reveal of the event.

Bethesda’s first teaser trailer had everything we’ve come to expect from a Fallout teaser, with nostalgic music, slow pans across deserted vaults and interiors, and of course iconic Fallout symbols, such as the Pip-Boy.

We have a small yet significant insight into the game’s setting, but it would be a drop in the ocean compared to what’s actually on offer in the game, that much we know for sure.

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With the teaser’s release, however, has come one leak in particular that is especially intriguing, and probably believable given the current nature of the industry.

According to Kotaku, sources claim that Fallout 76 started life as a multiplayer component for Fallout 4. This is somewhat unsurprising, as Bethesda and Todd Howard both spoke about the multiplayer potential of the franchise.

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Further, Fallout 4 was known to have a multiplayer mode before being scrapped.

“Believe it or not, every time we do a game we design a multiplayer mode just to see what we would do,” Howard told Mashable.

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Turns out all that testing has eventuated into a game of its own, with these Kotaku leaks suggesting the game will have a stronger online focus.

There will be more of a focus on base building and online multiplayer — unsurprising given the important of base building in Fallout 76 — and that while it’s not strictly single-player, there is a strong online component that gives it a strong Rust or DayZ vibe.

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We probably shouldn’t expect anything further to come from Bethesda until E3, so take the above with a grain of salt. That said, given recent leaks (including a 4Chan post that claimed Fallout 76 would be a “Rust clone”), it appears fairly believable that this latest iteration could well be heading down the multiplayer path.

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