Fallout 76 gets 'Wastelanders' update this fall, battle royale mode confirmed at E3 2019

What you need to know

  • Fallout 76 begins Year 2 with the Wastelanders update.
  • Brings back human NPCs.
  • 52-player battle royale mode confirmed at E3.

Who's ready for some more Fallout 76? I promise it's about to get good. Hopefully. Bethesda's Todd Howard took to the stage at E3 2019 to introduce Fallout 76, where a few developers then detailed what's on the way for players. Fallout 76's Year 2 will begin with a huge expansion update called Wastelanders, and it's set to bring back human NPCs, new quests, and choices and consequences. And it'll be entirely free.

One year after the opening of Vault 76, other humans have returned to Appalachia. Factions of Settlers and Raiders aim to make the world their own and claim a rumored fortune. Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, discover the faction settlements of Crater and Foundation, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates.

That's not all Bethesda had in store, though. Fallout 76 is set to receive a 52-player battle royale mode. The new mode, dubbed Nuclear Winter, will even allow players to launch nukes, build camps, and test their survival skills through a radiation storm. Best of all? It will be free.

Nukes have set the world ablaze and the battle to claim your spot as Overseer of Vault 51 has begun – will you be the last one standing or be consumed by the ring of fire? Rank up, unlock exclusive perks and build your C.A.M.P. to weather the storm in true Fallout fashion. Scavenge for weapons, supplies, and nukes to take on other players and creatures and earn unique cosmetic rewards.

Fallout 76 may have launched in really rough shape, but it looks like the developer is doing everything it can to bring it back from the brink of death. Maybe this turnaround could pull a No Man's Sky.

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