New ‘Fallout’ video game set in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — Sometime in the future, a bunker opens to the northeast of Parkersburg.

The survivors of a nuclear war make their way out of the fluorescent into the natural sunlight. It’s up to them to try to rebuild a scorched Earth, starting in the mountains and valleys of West Virginia.

It’s the plot of a new video game being released in the next 80 days, and while at first glance it doesn’t seem like a positive thing – a post-apocalyptic West Virginia – many see the game as a mechanism to introduce a new audience to the Mountain State and hopefully encourage them to visit in the real world.


“Fallout 76,” the ninth game in the series, is an online multiplayer game coming out Nov. 13. It was first announced May 30 and showcased at the E3 video game conference June 10 in Los Angeles.

The Fallout series takes place far into the future after a nuclear war destroys the planet. Each game focuses on a particular part of the United States and each player has to overcome mutants, violent tribes, ghouls and the former malevolent remains of the U.S. government called the Enclave to start rebuilding a better world.

Until “Fallout 76,” all the games were single-player games designed for PC and later for consoles such as the Playstation and Xbox, but “Fallout 76” will be entirely online. Instead of playing alone, the player can team up with other players and explore – and survive – together.

The games are known in recent years for their large game maps focused on real places, such as Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and most recently Boston, Mass. This time, the game designers decided to make a game map four times larger than the Boston map. Bethesda, with an office in Washington, D.C., looked west and realized the best game map was right next to them: West Virginia.

Bethesda Game Studio’s newest game will focus on the survivors inside Vault 76, one of several bunkers constructed by Vault-Tech. Located near the Mid-Ohio Valley, it’s the year 2102 and the Vault 76 dwellers have been underground for 25 years. On Reclamation Day, the dwellers make their way to the surface and discover a brand new West Virginia.