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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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  • Executive Meddling: While 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.
  • Not Screened for Critics: As 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 who 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 doing things 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


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