John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ has become the unofficial theme tune of E3 2018, and Bethesda is recognising that fact with a charity release of the version heard in the Fallout 76 trailer.
The publisher will donate all of the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, who build affordable homes for communities in countries all over the world.
The dangerously catchy song has been named a state anthem by West Virginia, which it wistfully namechecks, making it the perfect match for Fallout 76’s setting.
Fans have been trying in vain to work out exactly which cover of the song featured in Fallout’s reveal. Given that it’s played and sung in the style of The Ink Spots - whose ‘Maybe’ famously featured in Fallout 1’s intro - it’s likely that Bethesda had it commissioned specifically for the game.
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Bethesda has pledged a minimum donation of $100,000 regardless of sales once Fallout 76’s take on ‘Country Roads’ hits the iTunes store on July 4th.
The music played in the first look at any Fallout game tends to stick in the head: think Dion’s ‘The Wanderer’ from Fallout 4, and ‘I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire’ from Fallout 3 - another Ink Spots classic that was actually Black Isle’s first choice for the original game.
In fact, you can hear the opening chords of ‘Set The World On Fire’ as the radio kicks in during Fallout 76’s trailer - the bulbs flickering just as they did in Fallout 3’s first teaser. It’s all connected, man.