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.
Wastelanders Release Update pic.twitter.com/h5Rxn359r4
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) March 26, 2020
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.”