Bethesda’s favourite ice hockey team, the nearby Washington Capitals, opened their 2018-2019 NHL season tonight, and Vault Boy stopped in as part of a Fallout 76 marketing partnership. Someone dressed up as Vault Boy sat on the passenger’s side of the Zamboni during intermissions and treated fans to one of the more unexpected video game marketing campaigns this year.
According to social media reports, Washington Capitals arena announcer Wes Johnson even did Fallout voices over the PA. Pretty cool.
— Jumpondees (@Jumpondees) October 4, 2018
The Capitals, who are defending Stanley Cup champions, crushed the Boston Bruins by a margin of 7-0 tonight to start their title defence off on the right foot. Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines said on Twitter that it’s no coincidence that the Caps won big on the same night that Vault Boy made an appearance. Hines, Bethesda game director Todd Howard, and other Bethesda employees are such big Caps fans that they took time out of their E3 prep to catch the Stanley Cup finals in person.
In semi-related news, Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin is coming to World of Tanks as a special playable commander.
Fallout 76 launches in November for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but you may not have to wait that long to play. There will be a beta starting on October 23 for Xbox One, and it will launch a week later for PS4 and PC. You must pre-order Fallout 76 to get into the beta, but if you do, you’ll get to play the entire game, and your progress carries forward.
In other Fallout 76 news, Bethesda has confirmed that the game will not support cross-play. That’s notable because Sony just started allowing this for Epic’s Fortnite. A lot of new gameplay footage for Fallout 76 will be released soon, so keep checking back for that.