Fallout 76 is about to start testing the NPC-populated Wastelanders update

    
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Originally due out all the way last fall, the Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 has been a long time coming to the game. The good news is that players have hope that their long wait is about over, as Bethesda will begin testing the content patch on private servers later this week.

This week’s test will be a small one, with only a “few hundred” invited to the PC-only beta. And if you’re hoping to at least get the scoop from streams and posts, you’re out of luck there as well: The test has an NDA slapped all over it. Still, it’s a sign that things are moving forward with the patch, and hopefully it’ll be released in a good state before too long.

The Wastelanders update is of paramount importance to the game as it adds non-player characters — something the online RPG has sorely needed ever since launching an empty-feeling world. Wastelanders is due out Q1 2020, but a smaller patch is coming to Fallout 76 tomorrow with a few cosmetic items and necessary prep work for the larger patch.

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laelgon

I’m excited to see how this will turn into a PR nightmare for them.

I’m not actually hoping that things go bad, it just seems like the rule of Fallout 76 is that no good idea can go without an equally negative, or worse, event to offset it.

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Richard de Leon III

I think bethesda should cut their reputation losses and just go straight to developing Fallout 5. Fallout 76 is just too damaged to recover.

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NecroFox4

That’s an interesting position to take on a game that is fully functional, fully playable, and about to get it’s first major expansion. But I guess your decades of running a major dev studio has taught you better?

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dreamer

Oh, come off it. Calling Fallout 76 “fully functional, fully playable” is being extremely generous given the numerous well-documented issues the game has continued to face. I’d argue the onus is on you to prove your defense…

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Fisty

I haven’t had any of the problems that are well-documented. I’m guessing he hasn’t either. It is both fully functional and full playable. You may not like the game, but it does work.

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Emiliano Lozada

Not only that. It’s two different companies anyways so the OP is moot.

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Random MMO fan

The Fallout 76 is officially developed and published by Bethesda, same company responsible for other Fallout games, regardless of which internal group was responsible for it, so the original post is right:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_76

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John Mclain

Some people win the lottery, congratulations. The rest of the 99% that played it had a metric f**king “TON” of problems, bugs, game breaking issues over the entire course of the game.

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“Game that is fully functional”… Irrational game fanatics never cease to amuse me ;-)

Any rational person can go to a cheating forum which has a topic covering this game and see how many working exploits through bugs and engine flaws there are for this.

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a game that is fully functional

I just opened Fallout 76 subreddit. One of the top posts with over 500 upvotes discusses broken stealth system with plenty of examples by players. This is not the only posts there discussing existing issues. Also, here is an edited screenshot from cheats forums discussing still working ways of duping items in Fallout 76 and fast leveling exploit (I edited out all details so nobody can use this screenshot for actual exploiting and I am not breaking any rules with it). This post is dated January 12 of this year. People who know about this forum will know this information is true. Does this also fall under definition of “fully functional”?

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John Mclain

You mean not even remotely functional right? Because otherwise we are discussing two totally different games. Almost nothing in the game actually works correctly. As for fully playable, yes you can play it in the same sense you can “play” a tech demo with nothing but a proof of concept in it. I played the game since launch day and about 4-5 months after that hoping it would get better, yet somehow it only got worse. Bethesda is a 1 step forward 154 steps back kind of company now.

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Sorenthaz

Well, good on them for doing a beta test first rather than dumping it out there and then scrambling to fix all the problems that arise.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I find it dubious at best if anyone tries to put forth the argument that NPCs will suddenly fix this mess. Conan Exiles has all of… five (?) NPCs that you actually interact with on any meaningful level and it does just fine without them. The core game still has way too many issues to play (and I already own it).