Bethsoft has delayed Fallout 76’s Wastelanders expansion again – but only by a week

    
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Fallout 76 players have been waiting for the Wastelanders expansion for a long time, it’s safe to say. It was originally meant to come out last year but was pushed off to 2020. In fact, it (and the Steam launch) was supposed to roll out April 7th. But then the world got slammed with a virus, and large chunks of the United States and other countries are now working from home. That’s prompted Bethsoft to delay again, although it’s only by a week.

“[The remote work situation] has affected our ability to do the final testing we need for Wastelanders and we must move the release date a week, from April 7 to April 14,” the studio writes this morning. “We’ve done everything we can to minimize the delay and can’t wait for everyone to play.”

Under the circumstances, we’d rather see a delay than see Bethsoft resort to some of the abusive QA tactics other companies are being accused of right now. And we’re pretty sure Bethsoft wants this game on Steam sooner rather than later and wouldn’t delay for nothing in the middle of a huge spike in Steam playing.

Here’s what we’re expecting when it does finally launch:

“New Main Quest and Revamped Original Main Quest – Uncover the secrets of West Virginia by playing through an all-new main quest as well as a revamped original main quest line – with friends or solo – starting from the moment you leave Vault 76. New and veteran players alike will take on new missions, explore new locations and fight with (or against) the new faces that have made their long-awaited return to West Virginia.

Human NPCs – Befriend or betray new neighbors who have come to rebuild, and experience Appalachia through the eyes of its residents.

New Creatures and Gear – Take down newly mutated creatures finding their way to the region and earn the highest tier of weapons and armor.

Choices and Reputation – Alter the fates of those you meet with classic dialogue trees. Decisions affect your standing with each faction through an all-new reputation system.”

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Buddy Barlow

There is zero hype behind this game

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Sorenthaz

Guess that explains why I saw on /r/fo76 that more folks were getting PTS invites.

Overall makes sense, and hopefully with all the PTS testing and such that they’ve been doing, it will lead to a smoother launch that can maybe impress folks who look beyond the inevitable review bombing this game will get on Steam. Because I’m pretty sure their system allows folks to just buy the game, put in 40 minutes or so required to write a trash review, and then they can refund it while that review stays in the system.

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Hurbster

So they have the excuses all ready if (when) it turns out to be very buggy.

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Dankey Kang

So is this the xpac that’s going to ‘save’ the game?

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Covynant001

Pro tip, the game doesn’t need saving, its always done pretty well on consoles and the expansion is already seeing a big influx of returning and newer players.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah but this should definitely help boost sales and player numbers on PC especially since it’ll be getting a Steam release.

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Sorenthaz

It’s not going to save it in the sense that it’s going to change the minds of folks who already decided this game will never be good. It will make it more comfortable for folks who are interested in an online Fallout and with the Steam release that will almost definitely boost player count and sales.

Here’s a pretty objective review of at least what the guy was able to experience.

Basically it sets the groundwork for further shaping it into an overall better game.

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Sorenthaz

And here’s another I found.

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Blake

Smart for them to delay it a week, or a few if it comes to that, rather than have another massive misfire with FO76.

I’m actually hoping it’s a smooth launch and adds enough to draw me back into the game. I haven’t played the game since the end of 2018.