Bethesda unveils roadmap for Fallout 76

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Bethesda Softworks has unveiled the 2019 roadmap for new content and features that will be added to Fallout 76.

In a post on Fallout 76’s website, Bethesda said: “Thanks to your continuous feedback, we have been able to fix many of the top issues and have made numerous improvements to the game. We also make scores of changes under the hood that aren’t as visible. These include changes to improve performance, detect new exploits, and make the experience smoother for everyone. There’s still work to do, but we’re happy to report that game and server stability has increased over 300% since launch.

“Know that we’re fully dedicated to making this game the best it can be – and even more so, a platform for endless Fallout adventures for years to come. To that end, we’re excited to announce some of the new free content we’ve been working on for Fallout 76 in 2019.”

2019 will see three major DLC drops for the game: Wild Appalachia in spring, Nuclear Winter in the summer, and Wastelanders in the autumn. Wild Appalachia and Nuclear Winter will bring two new game modes – Survival and Nuclear Winter, respectively – along with new quests, new features and new high-level vault raids.

Bethesda provided the most detail for the Wild Appalachia update, due to arrive on March 12: “A mythical beast, a lost generation of scouts, and the strongest brew this side of the wasteland. Welcome to Wild Appalachia – a series of new quests, features, events, crafting systems and more starting on March 12 and appearing over several weeks.” Among its highlighted features are new mode Survival: “This all-new game mode brings a higher-stakes PvP experience with fewer restrictions, increased rewards, and new challenges plus all the original content of Adventure Mode.”

Wild Appalachia will also include the new quests Shear Terror! – “Uncover the ‘encryptid’ secrets of Appalachia in a new series of quests and encounters to separate monsters from myths,” and Ever Upwards: “Journey to the deepest reaches of the woods with new stories for the legendary Pioneer Scouts.” New features introduced in the update will include Legendary Vendor and Scrapping – allowing players to scrap unwanted legendary items in favour of new legendary gear – Brewing and Distilling, and C.A.M.P Decorating, Player Vending and Functional Camera.

Bethesda describes Nuclear Winter’s new eponymous game mode thus: “An entirely new way to play Fallout 76, completely changing the rules of the Wasteland.” The summer update will also see Vaults 94 and 96 opening up for raids, and will bring a new Legendary Players feature: “An all-new prestige system will allow players above level 50 to become Legendary, resetting their characters with all new more powerful abilities.”

Details of precisely what autumn’s Wastelanders update will bring are sketchy: Bethesda merely describes it thus: “Embark on a tale with true choice and consequences in Wastelanders – our biggest and most ambitious update for 76. Wastelanders will include a new main questline, new factions, new events, new features and even more surprises.”

We’ll bring you further news of Fallout 76’s forthcoming updates as it emerges. In the meantime, watch the game’s website.