Fallout 76 update: Wastelanders delayed, private servers coming, and more Atomic Shop 'pay-to-win' elements

What you need to know

  • Fallout 76 introduces multiplayer to the franchise.
  • The game was supposed to get the Wastelanders expansion in 2019, but it's been delayed.
  • Other changes are coming to the game as well like advantage-giving microtransactions.
  • You can purchase Fallout 76 for $30 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Fallout 76 is a multiplayer survival game from Bethesda. The game had a somewhat lackluster launch because it had a ton of bugs and featured questionable content. Over the past few months, the studio has turned it around, somewhat, but a lot of work remains.

Today, the team discussed some of the upcoming changes to the game. You can read about them below. Unfortunately, the Wastelanders update has been delayed until 2020.

Wastelanders

We've been hard at work on Fallout 76 this year, including our biggest free update yet, Wastelanders. We're excited about how Wastelanders is coming together but it's going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be, so we are delaying its release to... next year. Wastelanders is turning out to be one of the largest expansions we've ever done, and it changes the entire world with humans... returning.

It'll be interesting to see how human computer-controller characters are implemented in Fallout 76. It was a strange omission at launch, but it's great to see that it's finally being added to the game.

Private servers

We're happy to announce our work on the service for private servers is complete and will be launching next week! The ability to play in your own private world with your friends has been the number one community-requested feature, and we're thrilled it's finally coming.

Private servers aren't free so you'll have to "purchase this service" according to Bethesda. The best part is that in the future, you'll be able to mod your worlds.

Microtransactions

Our approach to these items at launch was to keep them purely cosmetic. But after looking at all the data, it became clear that to consistently deliver content that keeps Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all, we needed to rethink our approach to the Atomic Shop... We heard from many of you who wanted items with some real utility. Starting in April, we began adding items such as Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and a working refrigerator... players can also buy Atoms, and we're careful with everything we add to not upset the game's balance. Our main objective is to avoid a situation where players can spend money to gain a competitive advantage or make the game worse for other players. Even more so, we want systems that allow players who do choose to buy Atoms to make the game better for others, not just themselves.

This essentially means that microtransactions will give pay-to-win advantages. This is a shame, but hopefully, the system won't be too imbalanced. The fact that Bethesda said it wants those who use Atoms to make the game better for everyone is encouraging.

A lot more changes are coming to Fallout 76 in the future like Legendary Players, tweaks to perks, and much more. Hopefully, this will attract more players after the somewhat disastrous launch.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

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  • Absolute bs by Bethesda. The gaming community should trash them just as they would trash EA or Activision for their bs. Fallout 76 is a mess and for me this represents everything that's wrong with AAA publishers today. The greed is insane. And they are going to kill this industry.