Fallout 76 Details Its Many Factions, Brotherhood of Steel Presence Explained by Bethesda

Oct 22, 2018

Factions have always been a key part of Fallout, and the upcoming Fallout 76 will be no different. It isn’t 100 percent clear how factions will work, as Fallout 76 doesn’t have any human NPCs, but, presumably, players will somehow be able to pledge their allegiance to various groups.

Over the past few days Bethesda has been detailing Fallout 76’s factions on Twitter. These include new factions the Free States (a bunch of doomsday prepper types) and the Responders (former police, firefighters, and paramedics).

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Some classic factions also return, including Raiders, The Enclave, and the Brotherhood of Steel.

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Waitaminute – what’s the Brotherhood doing in Fallout 76? The game is a prequel, taking place around 50 years before the Brotherhood emerged from their bunkers in California, so why are they running around Appalachia? Well, apparently, the Brotherhood were beaming messages from their bunker all along, and a group in West Virginia picked them up and formed an offshoot of the group. Of course, the real reason the Brotherhood is in Fallout 76, is that it just would be Fallout without them, but if you needed an in-universe explanation for their presence, now you have one.

Fallout 76 hits PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on November 14. A beta, which includes the full game, kicks off tomorrow (October 23) on Xbox One and October 30 on PC and PS4.