Do We Already Know 'Fallout 76's Release Date?

Bethesda dropped a bombshell (get it, a bombshell) on fans with the announcement trailer for Fallout 76. More to the point, buried in the trailer, fans think they may have found a clue as to the game's release date.

Early on in the Fallout 76 trailer, viewers spot a Pip-Boy with the date 27 OCT 2102. Oct. 27 doesn't seem so far-fetched for a release date. If Fallout 76 really is launching in 2018, then a late October or early November release date fits right in the Bethesda playbook, since every Bethesda-published Fallout game has released in October or November.

That being said, Oct. 27 is a Saturday, so the odds aren't good for Oct. 27 being the game's exact release date. Video games usually launch on Tuesdays or Fridays, and there's no good reason for Bethesda to buck that trend.

However, Fallout 76 could still launch the week of Oct. 27. Two good candidates for release dates are Tues., Oct. 23 or Fri., Oct. 26. Tues., Oct. 30 is another good candidate.

Why all the October? Well, there's evidence in the trailer that Fallout 76 is set in October and may therefore release in October. There's a trophy for a Halloween contest on the wall, and eagle-eyed viewers can even spot a Jack-O-Lantern on the shelf in the bedroom.

If Fallout 76 does release in October, it's in for some stiff competition. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V and Red Dead Redemption 2 all release in October. In fact, Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on Oct. 26. Bethesda may hedge its bets and wait a bit before releasing Fallout 76 into such a crowded retail month.

Luckily, Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference is scheduled for June 10. Those eager to learn exactly what kind of game Fallout 76 is shaping up to be should definitely tune in. Rumors state that Fallout 76 is heavily inspired by open-world survival games like DayZ and Rust, according to Kotaku's Jason Schreier.

"Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4 with the goal of envisioning what an online Fallout game might look like, Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said. It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs like Skyrim . It will also feature base-building — just like 2015's Fallout 4 — and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources. One source cautioned that the gameplay is rapidly changing, like it does in many online "service" games, but that's the core outline," Schreier wrote.

Fallout 76 is in development for unspecified systems. What are your thoughts about the game's direction? What are you hoping is the release date? What other rumors have you heard about Fallout 76? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.