WV Tourism launches interactive map highlighting places featured in new ‘Fallout 76’ video game
CHARLESTON – The Fallout® 76 vault has officially opened. The West Virginia Tourism Office today celebrated the worldwide launch of Bethesda Softworks’ video game Fallout® 76, the latest edition of its blockbuster game series in which players explore different parts of a post-apocalyptic America.The West Virginia Tourism Office announced a formal agreement with Bethesda last month and marked the official game launch, called “Reclamation Day,” with an interactive game map and launch celebration at the State Capitol.“West Virginia has never had a tourism opportunity quite like this. Fallout® 76, will introduce the state to a new audience of millions who will be exposed to the state through an award-winning game that they are passionate about,” Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said. “It has been great getting to work closely with the leadership team at Bethesda to learn the ins and outs of the game and find one-of-a-kind ways to grow this partnership.”The West Virginia edition is the company’s most ambitious game universe to date, covering a much larger geographical area than ever before and playing up local West Virginia lore.Previous editions in the Fallout® series were set in Washington, D.C., and Boston. The game will offer many loyal fans their first glimpse of West Virginia, creating a unique opportunity to promote tourism to a new audience.The Tourism Office has been working behind the scenes with the award-winning game developer to devise a promotional strategy that capitalizes on interest from the game to drive visitation to the state.An exclusive interactive map of all real-life West Virginia locations in the game launched today on WVtourism.com to coincide with the official game release. The map holds the official list of sites and allows visitors to explore online, sharing facts and information about each location along the way.“Folks have been speculating for months about which West Virginia landmarks would be in the game, and today, we were able to release the full list. With Bethesda’s help, we’ve developed an interactive map that shows which sites in the game are based on real-life West Virginia attractions. The early response has been incredible. Within an hour of that map going live, we had thousands of gamers on the West Virginia tourism website learning about the real attractions,” Ruby continued.The game’s mascot, Vault Boy, was on hand at the Tourism Office in Charleston to meet and greet fans. The first 100 attendees received official Fallout® merchandise provided by Bethesda. Governor Justice issued a proclamation to commemorate the occasion.More Fallout® 76-related promotions will roll out over the coming months. To stay up-to-date, view the interactive map, visit WVtourism.com/Fallout76.
You can celebrate the “Fallout 76” launch in Huntington on Thursday, Nov. 15. From 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Marshall University Special Collections and Marshall University Libraries are teaming up for a special “VaultMU Reclamation Day Celebration at Marshall University’s Special Collections at Morrow Library, which is transforming the second floor of the Morrow Library into a Fallout Vault with streamers, balloons, giveaways, and seven game stations as well as prizes, food, videogames and West Virginia history and folklore. Play the game, enjoy Fallout & West Virginia themed snacks, take behind the scene tours of the Special Collections department, and learn more about West Virginia and Digital Humanities at this event sponsored by CIT, Digital Humanities and HerdCon.