FalloutWV newsletter to track Fallout 76 locales in West Virginia

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Fans of Fallout have created a map of West Virginia based on hints about the soon-to-be released video game.
Fans of Fallout have created a map of West Virginia based on hints about the soon-to-be-released video game.

At 16 square miles, Fallout 76 is reported to be four times the size of Fallout 4, Bethesda Game Studio’s previous release in the Fallout series. Considering that West Virginia is 24,000 square miles, it’s clear not every beloved or unusual location will make the final release of the game, but which areas made the cut?

Thanks to user u/Chiyuiri over at the subReddit/fo76, we have our first look at what locations we may be able to explore come November. Scanning videos, trailers, and interviews, u/Chiyuiri and other Reddit users were able to compile a map of confirmed and possible locations included in the game. Dozens have been confirmed so far and more will come as additional information becomes available.

The first thing you’ll notice is that many landmarks and locations are not exactly where you’d expect to find them: Beckley and Lewisburg are located in the southwest region, what appears to be the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is in the southeast, and Summersville Lake is now in downtown Charleston.

Fallout 76 divides the map into six distinct regions. In clockwise order, these include The Mire, Savage Divide, Cranberry Bog, Ash Heap, The Forest, and Toxic Valley. The basis for some of these areas is more obvious in some cases than others, and locations included in the game map may not appear where you’d expect to find them. In future articles, we’ll explore each region further.

Scaling 24,000 square miles down to 16, one would expect to see changes. What’s more interesting to me is this: Fallout 4 had 325 named locations, large and small. How many West Virginia favorite spots will be included in Fallout 76?

Subscribe to our FalloutWV newsletter and continue to follow WVExplorer.com as we explore the world of Fallout 76 and compare its creation to the state we know and love. Our ongoing FalloutWV series will take a look at locations within the game as they’re confirmed and compare them to their real world counterparts. What an exciting time to explore West Virginia!

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