What you need to know
- Bethesday today launched the latest update for Fallout 76, called Steel Reign, to all platforms.
- The new update wraps up the Brotherhood of Steel story that it began with the Steel Dawn update.
- The update also rolls out Legendary Crafting, which lets users update their normal items to Legendary status, to all users.
Bethesda today launched the latest update to Fallout 76, the "Steel Reign" patch, which it teased in the 2021 update roadmap. The new update is available to all users, including those who've downloaded the game on Xbox Game Pass, and the update notes include the sizes of the patch across all platforms. For a complete list of the updates coming in Steel Reign, you can read the whole of the patch notes here.
The new update will feature the ending of the Brotherhood of Steel story, with the titular questline. It's available to all players over level 20 who've completed the "Steel Dawn" quests, and begins with a quest called "A Knight's Penance." Players' reward for completing Steel Reign will be new items. K.D. Inkwell has also returned in a new Season 5 adventure, set in "a dystopian possible future inhabited by Dolphin Human Hybrids."
Another major update is the Legendary Crafting system, which has been in testing for a while prior to the release of this patch. In Legendary Crafting, players can "turn normal items into legendary items, re-roll your existing legendary items' attributes, and even upgrade or downgrade their star-ratings" using a component called Legendary Cores. Players in the test servers have had a mixed reaction to this new system, so we'll have to see how it plays in the official release.
Fallout 76 continues to grow and change, becoming more appealing as it evolves past its rather disastrous launch. It's currently available on all of the major consoles, including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. Xbox Game Pass players can stream the game, including the new patch, now.
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