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Trivia / Fallout 76

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  • Colbert Bump:
    • Following the confirmation that the game is set in West Virginia, interest in the state began to increase: one website advertising tourism in the state saw a sizeable increase in traffic.
    • The song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" also got a massive spike in popularity, even among those who'd never heard of John Denver, after the awesome cover used in the trailer made people want to check out the original. It even became a meme!
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  • Dueling Games: A little under a year after 76 came out, Obsidian Entertainment (developer of Fallout: New Vegas and founded by refugees from original Fallout creator Black Isle Studios) showcased The Outer Worlds, a single-player questing/exploration RPG in a Crapsack World with a Raygun Gothic aesthetic, which also launched significantly more smoothly than 76 (or most of Obsidian's own previous games for that matter). Critical and fan response was initially far more positive pre-launch, but fell after the release of the game.
  • Executive Meddling: While the idea of a multiplayer Fallout game has been toyed with for some time, with 76 primarily being spun off from a ditched co-op mode in Fallout 4, Todd Howard later admitted that the game was mostly made because the executives wanted another online game in the vein of The Elder Scrolls Online, with recurrent player spending via microtransactions. Further pressure came from the perceived under-performance of the "Creation Club" monetization features in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4.
    • A major reason for the lack of NPCs in the base game was the fact that the development bosses wanted the inhabitants of Vault 76 (AKA the players) to be the only living human characters in the game, to the point that they would veto any form of Sole Survivor from the destroyed factions. Once this became one of the most criticized aspects of the game, this posture was quickly changed for the expansions, with Wastelanders and Steel Dawn introducing living humans as NPCs.
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  • Fake American: English Gideon Emery as Thomas Eckhart, President of the United States.
  • Not Screened for Critics: As is common for Bethesda titles, and since it was an online game, no review copies were sent out. That didn’t stop the game from getting mixed-to-negative reviews nearly a week later, however.
  • Troubled Production: The game was made in a year and a half by Bethesda Austin, a studio that was originally bought by ZeniMax just to be another support studio for the big ones. They were given the code and assets of Fallout 4 and told to do an online open world RPG. Due to engine problems, lack of experience and rushed pre-production, they were unable to complete the game on time, forcing other studios to help with development as the Creation Engine was too unstable for multiple players existing in the same game world at the same time.
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  • Real Song Theme Tune: The trailer used a rendition of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads", befitting the game's setting of West Virginia.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Laser Musket from 4 was set to return, but was Dummied Out before release.
    • Datamined voice lines suggest that the Brotherhood of Steel's base game questline was going to have the player in direct contact with Roger Maxson and the Lost Hills bunker via Taggerdy's communications satellite, acting similarly to other NPC questgivers such as Rose and the Grafton Mayor. This was evidently cut very early in development, as only a few of the lines survived and the story with the satellite was rewritten.