Fallout 76: How to Participate in the Exclusive Stress Test

Ever since the announcement that Fallout 76 is set in West Virginia, there's been heightened interest in the state. In fact, several fan events have already taken place there.

If you thought West Virginia would be upset about being portrayed as a nuclear wasteland in Fallout 76, you'd be dead wrong. According to the official website, the 112,544-square-foot bunker is situated some 70 feet below the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Like DC before it West Virginia is fairly close for the Bethesda (Maryland) team, so it stands to reason that they'd be able to save quite a budget on location scouting and might have a more intimate relationship with the land.

The setting was first announced in June through a trailer set to a 1940s-inspired version of John Denver's famous "Country Roads" showcasing a number of landmarks familiar to West Virginians, like the New River Gorge Bridge, The Greenbrier, the State Capitol, Woodburn Hall, and more. Given the massive monetary success of Fallout 4, it makes sense that the state tourism board see an opportunity to boost tourism to the state. Our goal is to welcome each and every one of the game's players to Almost Heaven.

West Virginia's own governor, Jim Justice, even commented on this partnership and gave the following quote.

Later this month, anybody who's pre-ordered will get a chance to dive into the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A., which includes the entire game, but what if you just can't wait to start nuking people? Like Destiny and The Division's worlds before it, post-nuclear West Virginia is a sprawling, always-online space filled up to the eyeballs with features.

Vanessa Coleman