The launch date of the Wastelanders expansion for Fallout 76 has finally been announced: it’s April 7th. This is also the date when the game will launch on Steam. In the Wastelanders update, you’ll get a brand new main quest, human NPCs, a Reputation system where your choices in dialogue trees and beyond will matter, and new monsters and gear. Such novel concepts, I know.
Well, well, well. It seems like Fallout 76 might finally come one step closer to become an actual game. Of course, it’s still a Bethesda game, so I remain cautiously pessimistic. After all, every single update they’ve put out so far has just ended up breaking things even worse; I can’t imagine what a substantial update like Wastelanders is gonna do. But, enough of the doom and gloom, let’s get into specifics.
So, what can you expect from the Wastelanders? Well, there’ll be a whole new main quest, for one. Also, human NPCs, which you can befriend or betray. There will also be new creatures and gear. Lastly, there will be a Reputation system, and the choices you make in dialogue trees are actually going to matter at least somewhat. You know, like a Fallout game. You can see the first glimpses of some of these features in the video below.
Now, the Wastelanders DLC itself is free for all y’all that own Fallout 76, as it well should be. However, Bethesda have also cobbled together two content bundles that you can buy, called Settlers and Raiders. You can buy them separately or together, and I’m not gonna give those any more press. You can find more details here. Personally, I can’t believe they keep adding new ways to squeeze money from the player base for Fallout 76 of all things. It’s gross.
Last, but not least, Fallout 76 is coming to Steam on April 7th, along with the Wastelanders version and Fallout 76 Wastelanders Deluxe Edition. Also available through Steam are Atoms, Fallout 1st, the Tricentennial Pack, and the Raider and Settler Content Bundle. Just keep in mind that you can’t transfer Atoms between Steam and Bethesda.net; also, Atoms earned are exclusive to the platform you’ve earned them on. However, items that you buy through the Atom Shop will be shared across platforms.