After an outcry from fans, Bethesda has offered some lore-based reasoning behind its decision to retcon the history of the Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout 76.
Earlier this month when the preview embargo lifted and fans got their first look at 76’s gameplay untethered, a Reddit thread pointed to an in-game note referencing the presence of the BOS in West Virginia in 2102.
This is strange, as the Brotherhood of Steel famously left their bunker in 2150, and that was in California. Quite rightly, fans were confused as to how this works in the grand scheme of Fallout lore.
To clarify this, Bethesda pushed an Instagram post to the official Fallout account explaining how they exist across the country in Appalachia.
Alongside a picture of a power-armor toting geezer, the description reads…
“November 2077, a month after the Great War, army Captain Roger Maxson arrived with survivors at the Californian bunker of Lost Hills. There he formed the Brotherhood of Steel, who used a functioning satellite to extend their reach across America… all the way to Appalachia”
So it seems that the BOS used this satellite to establish another sect of the Brotherhood across the country, or touched base with a group that was already functioning after the chaos of nuclear terror.
It’s a bit light but it works! I’m sure we’ll find out more as we approach the release of Fallout 76, which is dropping this November 14th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.