The new DLC is finally here! After multiple delays, the game gets its well-needed overhaul. Here's everything you need to know!
The online RPG game will be introducing the many features that make Fallout games so special, introducing a colourful set of stories and unique NPCs.
Originally showcased during E3 2019, is the most anticipated DLC packs ever made for a Fallout game.
So what is Wastelanders and what can we expect? Here's everything we know.
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As Fallout 76's big new Wastelanders update moves in, some player camps will have to move on.
In a blog post, Bethesda warned the new locations will occupy some parts of the map that were previously available for players to build the camps - and if they're not moved before the update, the game will tell players their camp can no longer be placed when they next log in.
What Is Fallout 76 Wastelanders?
The Wastelanders DLC in Fallout 76 is the latest DLC expansion bringing back human NPCs.
It was clear a fundamental part of the game was missing, talking, interacting and negotiating with the colourful character in the Fallout universe.
Although it has been two years in the making, hopefully, it will live up to expectations and repair the damage that the game has been subject to since launch.
The DLC pack is also going to include a brand new storyline, quests and a new area to explore!
You can find the game's full patch notes here.
Despite already being delayed from 2019, Fallout 76's Wastelanders release date has been pushed back again due to the company moving to remote working to ensure employee safety amid coronavirus concerns.
Thankfully, it's just by a week, meaning the release date is now 14th April instead of 7th April.
You can find out more about the delay here.
This update will be absolutely free for all players - you won't need to spend a penny, although there will be microtransactions available in-game.
We've had the privilege of seeing over 17 minutes of gameplay from the new update.
Check out TWO E3 2019 Fallout 76 Wastelanders DLC Gameplay Trailer.
So how will interacting with NPCs work? The dialogue system will be similar to Fallout 3 (YES) though you're mostly going to be seeing these NPCs in instanced areas.
They won't be roaming around the map, if you were to kill them then other players wouldn't be able to interact with them. They will be in closed areas where Bethesda "can control the environment better".
"There will definitely be shades of gray," meaning it won't just boil down to whether you're good or bad when interacting with the settlers and raiders.
The dialogue will remain between a player and NPC, rather than a whole team.
"The group system is, if you're on a team, the team leader will be ultimately the one driving the conversations," Project Lead Jeff Gardiner said. "However, if you're outside and you want to talk to NPCs to advance your quest, you're gonna have to do a one on one, because we want to make sure everyone is experiencing the story, making the decisions and not just sort of following along with the team leader."
Unique companions will be made available in the new update, from both the settles and raiders factions.
You'll be able to romance them and win their favour through dialogue and completing personal quests.
As you may be accustomed in Fallout, they will have their own opinion, approve and disapprove over what you do.
Unfortunately, due to "technical limitations" they will not be able to follow you everywhere in Fallout 76 and will be limited to camps and towns.
Unfortunately, information about the Wastelanders quests has been scarce.
However, we do know that the original quest for Fallout 76 has been revamped.
"Uncover the secrets of West Virginia by playing through an all-new main quest as well as a revamped original main quest line – with friends or solo – starting from the moment you leave Vault 76," Bethesda says.
In the new update, players will be able to divide their allegiances between different factions.
There are two new settlements with two new factions - One is a reclaimed construction yard called The Foundation, while the other is an abandoned space station occupied by raiders called The Crater.
You can side with the raiders, but it'll be a bit more complicated than walking through the front door.
"They’ve set up a rather formidable base of operations at the Crashed Space Station that they call 'Crater' and outsiders who drop by unannounced aren’t going to get a warm welcome," the announcement post reads.
Between the two factions (the raiders and settlers) neither of them will trust you - the game will now introduce a reputation system.
"The more you do to help a faction by offering information, taking down their enemies, and completing quests, the more you will prove you’re someone they can rely on and your reputation with that faction will increase," Bethesda says. "Eventually, you will rise through seven different reputation 'ranks', from Hostile or Cautious, to Neutral, Friendly, and Ally, among others."
This system replicates what Fallout fans are used to seeing in past games.
There will be a main reputation storyline for both along with daily quests for faction rep.
As you climb the ranks, aligned merchants will offer you new types of goods from their stores.
New Weapons, Armor, Enemies, And Activities
There will also be new activities, weapons, gear and enemies - but details have not been revealed on that yet.
The Watoga Undergrounds is a new location in Fallout 76, which is a city full of high rises in the southeast corner of the map, there's an automated underground car park where some of the returning humans will make their home.
Based on the tattered banner with "leave or die" written on it, we can only assume it won't be the friendliest place to visit.
Fallout 76 Arrives On Steam
Fallout 76 will arrive on Steam, at long last, in April - just in time for the big update.
Fallout titles used to live on Steam but in recent times have resided on Bethesda platforms.
This makes sense, but considering there is a large fanbase and the fact that Fallout 76 has been far from successful, it's a good call to bring a more complete game to the masses.
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