Why the US state of West Virginia is the perfect setting for Fallout 76
The Greenbrier bunker’s existence is just one of the reasons Bethesda chose to set Fallout 76 in West Virginia. Where New Vegas revelled in its deserty, Mad Max- style setting, for Fallout 76 the massive expanse of unspoiled and atmospheric backwater to be found out here makes for an enticing game setting, a misty, mountainous and foresty environment ripe for exploration. But there is also a wealth of secretive Cold War history round these parts – enough to make any conspiracy theorist drool from both sides of their mouths. The area is home to the United States National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 sq mile region where radio and phone transmissions are restricted, because this is from where they are scanning for alien life… so we’d imagine that, as in the previous Fallout games, there will be some alien stuff to be found. Additionally the local legends of the West Virginia wilds, such as Mothman, are going to crop up as mutated beasts in Fallout 76’ s world too.