Bethesda Game Studios has announced a new release date for Fallout 76’s Wastelanders update.
The game update will now release in the first quarter of 2020, along with what feels like most of 2020’s gaming calendar. “It’s going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be. We’ve continued to re-evaluate and change our processes to make sure the work we’re doing hits our quality bar, and yours.”
Wastelanders will introduce human NPCs to the game, something the game has been criticised for. “That was a deliberate design decision. It’s something we wanted to try,” said Chris Mayer, Fallout 76’s creative director “But after listening to the community feedback and seeing that really wasn’t what the community wanted, that’s why we made this decision, let’s bring them in. And I think it sort of fits nicely with the story as well, it’s like you let the players in, they start rebuilding the wasteland, now people are coming back – those people that are coming back are all the NPCs and with them the story.”
Wastelanders will bring in human NPCs and full dialogue trees and missions, giving some structure similar to mainline Fallout games. Bethesda is calling it “one of the largest expansions we’ve ever done”.