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The Enclave are one of Fallout 76's factions, Bethesda confirms

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Perennial Fallout baddies The Enclave—who featured heavily in both Fallout 2 and 3—will return as one of the factions in Fallout 76 (opens in new tab), Bethesda has confirmed.

The developer tweeted the below image, giving some backstory for the faction and revealing that they have a "secret bunker" hidden somewhere in Appalachia, where the game is set.

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Fallout 76 has no human NPCs, so it's not yet fully clear what role factions will play. You'd suspect that players will be able to join factions, gaining access to their weapons and armour—and The Enclave has plenty of cool tech, so I can see it being a popular choice.

Over the past few days, Bethesda has also revealed the Responders faction (opens in new tab)—who "help each other…no matter the cost"—and the Free States (opens in new tab), a group of doomsday preppers. 

Fallout 76 is due out on November 14, and a beta will start on October 30 on PC (opens in new tab). Read Chris's hands-on with the game here (opens in new tab).

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Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.