Is Bethesda bringing the series back to Fallout 3's capitol wasteland?
We've sᴛɪʟʟ ɴᴏt hᴇᴀʀd ᴍᴜᴄʜ ᴀʙᴏᴜᴛ Fᴀʟʟᴏᴜᴛ 76's Expedɪᴛiᴏɴs. Ofᴛᴇɴ hɪɴted ᴀᴛ ʙᴜᴛ nᴇᴠᴇʀ ꜰᴏʀmᴀʟʟy ᴀɴɴᴏunced, tʜᴇ DLC-ʟɪᴋᴇ feᴀᴛure ʜᴏᴘᴇs ᴛᴏ ᴏɴe ᴅᴀʏ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ ʙᴇyᴏɴd tʜᴇ Appalachiᴀɴ ᴡɪʟᴅerness ꜰᴏʀ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴀᴛomic vacᴀᴛiᴏɴɪɴg. But ɴᴇᴡ screensʜᴏᴛs ꜰʀᴏᴍ a sᴜᴘᴘᴏsᴇdly hacked sᴇʀᴠᴇr sᴜɢɢᴇsᴛ ᴏɴe ᴏꜰ tʜᴇse ᴍᴀʏ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴜs ᴀʟʟ tʜᴇ ᴡᴀʏ ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴛᴏ Wᴀshɪɴgtᴏɴ, D.C.—tʜᴇ sᴇᴛtɪɴg ꜰᴏʀ Betʜᴇsda's Fᴀʟʟᴏᴜᴛ deʙᴜᴛ.
The images were shared via an Imgur link on the Fallout76 subreddit by cyberRakan, and show some heavily work-in-progress environments that many feel strongly resemble Fallout 3's urban landscape—in particular, the unmistakeable shake of Dupont Circle.
Most of the assets are visibly placeholder, particularly the large spire at the back of the image. While widely believed to be a rough blockout of the Washington Monument, many contend that it could be anything from a church spire to New York's Chrysler Building.(Image credit: Bethesda, via cyberRakan)
The shots were supposedly taken by a "friend" of Rakan's on a hacked server. Apparently, parts of the FO76 community have bashed together their own servers that, while highly unstable, allow access to parts of the game otherwise inaccessible on official servers.
"Its horribly buggy and constantly [crashes to desktop], but you can access stuff you can't get to or would be banned for going to in the official server," Rakan told me via DM.
There's every reason to be sceptical, mind. These hackers may have stumbled across some old environment tests, or unused prototypes for existing Fallout 76 regions. That's if they're even from a hacked server at all—with details light on the ground, these shots could've equally come from a mapper fooling around in Fallout 4's modding tools.
Sadly, it might be a while before we find out. Following Covid-related delays, Expeditions won't arrive until 2022 at the earliest.