Fallout 76 previews Wastelanders’ City of the Future, preps weekend double XP

    
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OK, Fallout 76, it’s a new year, a new decade, and hopefully a new you, with your many 2019 trainwrecks behind us, Fallout First a dated punchline, and now Wastelanders on deck. First announced at E3 last summer and then delayed from fall 2019 to Q1 2020, the Wastelanders expansion is intended to be massive as well as free and will drop NPCs and factions into the game for a more MMO-like experience. Most recently, Bethsoft posted up some details on one of the new locations coming in that update.

“Watoga, The City of the Future, envisions a bustling, walkable metropolis where the streets are clear of illegally parked automobiles, traffic and hit-and-run accidents. The city is built on top of a massive series of automated parking garage systems which allow citizens to drop off their cars and store them until they’re needed again. The dozens of silos can store cars safe and secure, out of sight and out of mind! You may have seen the garage entrances scattered throughout Watoga. It’s a simple process to pick up or drop off your car – just enter your personal ID at one of the many conveniently located terminals and the system will do the rest. You can also order up maintenance or detailing, and even buy a new car without ever talking to a salesman! Of course, these services are no longer available to the citizens of post-apocalyptic Appalachia, but it’s nice to imagine how things used to be. Watoga Underground is your home away from home! The waiting area offers a number of convenient services like fast dining, relaxation, a pharmacy… and you can even get a haircut while you wait!”

Protip, do not get a haircut while you wait.

Bethsoft is promising “much more” on the expansion “soon,” but in the meantime, here are the new pics, and don’t forget the double experience event is running this weekend.

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cambruin

Check the video around the 10min mark. Yup, there you have it. A group of adults abusing the game mechanics/bugs to scam a child. And then mock him. Only to scam him again and mock him some more.

Yup, that’s Fallout 76 for ye…

I rarely get angry over anything I see or read about online games, but this hit me hard. I sincerely hope the F76 community managed to track that child and somehow make up for what has happened to him.
Anything MOP can do?

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Pepperzine

I think there is a lot things wrong with Fallout 76, but this isn’t one of them as it is beyond the realm of control of the developers and is not unique to Fallout 76. Scamming happens in every online game, it’s pretty tough for the developers to prevent this from occurring no matter how hard they try.

Not to be harsh, young children should not be playing online games where communications and interactions are for the most part uncensored. The ESRB rates the game at 17+ and thus a child really has no business playing it. Instead of the community making it up to him in this game, they should point him in the direction of a child friendly game rather than Fallout 76.

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NecroFox4

Not for nothin, but uh, it’s not a new decade…. That’ll start 1 January 2021.

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Richard de Leon III

I’ll consider buying Fallout 76 if they ever release a single player version with substantial content like fallout 3 nv and 4. Otherwise ill wait for fallout 5 if they ever decide to make it and not as an always online monstrosity. For now I just have to hope starfield doesnt crash and burn if they try to shoe-horn in some MTX shenanigans as bad as 76.

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Danny Smith

How on earth are there still people going “well, fool me 18 times, shame on me” at this point?

Its like getting food poisoning from the same place every week for a year and still going the next. There has to be a point where even the dumbest rat in the maze learns which button gives them the shock and not the treat.

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BalsBigBrother

I know no one here wants to hear this but while I was able to play F76 (prior to my computer breaking, not related) I was affected in game exactly zero times by any of the reported train wrecks.

I am not denying any of them and they all affected someone just I think not as widely as some would have you believe.

I played the game, had my fun and that was good enough for me.

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A dumb rat.

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Fisty

In the time I’ve played, I also didn’t get the bugs others had, that I noticed. I bought it, slightly on sale in the first days and have probably spent about 60 hours in it. Good enough for me too, for what it was and whatever. Will dip back in during Wastelanders.

A dumber rat.

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Schmidt.Capela

The way I see it, the animosity towards the game comes from a number of contributing factors:

– Being always online in a franchise that has always been offline, and for over a decade with strong modding support to boot. This pissed off a number of people right off the bat.

– Loss of control over your experience and the game world. The always online nature forces certain choices; everything respawns (AKA nothing you do in the game world matters), no loading of old saves, no modding, etc. This is in addition to the always online factor because it means for a large part of the player base the game simply doesn’t offer what makes other Fallout games fun for them, even if those players do enjoy other online games.

– Survival. Yeah, a lot of players asked for a survival mode for other Fallout games, but a lot of other players didn’t want to ever play in survival mode. FO76 shoves survival mode down our throats with no way to disable that blasted thing. The offline games have it right with the option to turn it off, but for obvious reasons adding that choice is a tricky proposition in an always-online game.

– PvP. I know it’s toned down, but it’s still present; for example, you can’t claim a workshop without being flagged for PvP. This completely ruins the game for a good part of the potential player base (let’s not forget that the Fallout franchise has never had any PvP up until FO76, meaning no one played older Fallout games for their PvP).

– It seems to be treated as a main game when it comes to resources allocated, so if you want a new offline Fallout game, FO76 is basically making you wait a few years longer; this breeds resentment.

– The bugs and exploits, in particular when they are longstanding bugs that Bethesda never bothered to fix before. For example, remember when you could change your FPS target in a config file and run twice as fast? That was a Morrowind bug.

– The business model; it was already iffy when it was cosmetic-only, but then Bethesda added things like a fridge (the only way to make food last longer), repair kits (meaning you can spend real money to remove grind), and even unlimited stash behind a paywall. For a game that was sold on the promise that paying more would never give you an advantage, this is too far, like a continent and half too far.

Plus a number of minor gripes.

I won’t lie; I would be much happier about the franchise if FO76 didn’t exist, and depending on which elements of that game are incorporated into the franchise going forward I might completely abandon it, despite being a player that started with the very first Fallout and played (and enjoyed) every single game in it apart from FO76. In fact, thanks to FO76 Bethesda is now on my list of companies I will spend as little money as possible with. Not to save money, but rather to punish them financially without outright boycotting all their products.

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McGuffn

There are perk cards that extend food duration higher than the fridge. The big problem with the business model is the same sin as ESO’s subscription: it cripples crafting/looting in the game with a near mandatory subscription benefit: the unlimited scrapbox. It’s identical to eso’s unlimited materials box. Without it playing the game is simply a chore.

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Pepperzine

Excellent breakdown Schmidt.Capela!

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Rolan Storm

I second Pepperzine. Excellent breakdown indeed.

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McGuffn

The game itself isn’t exactly a trainwreck. It’s published by Bethesda so it has some of eso’s problems plus it’s developed by Bethesda so it has those problems. And it has other problems everyone knows about beside that. But it isn’t an awful game.

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rosieposie

Talk about a low bar – you didn’t just place it on the floor, you buried it under ground!

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Hravik

In before reports of the double xp weekend actually subtracting xp. They have to start innovating in what their bugs do to keep it fresh.

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Sorenthaz

Nah then they’d just be copying Bungie with what they did in the early days of Destiny 2.

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ichi sakari

all the XP you earn this week is doubled and then given to a random account