Fallout 76’s big Wastelanders do-over starts tomorrow

    
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The last couple of years have not been kind to Fallout 76 — and Fallout 76 has not been kind to us. Bethesda’s attempt at making an online version of the Fallout universe resulted in so many flubs and forced errors that we’ve been shaking our head at the whole thing ever since.

However, the studio is banking big on turning Fallout 76 around tomorrow with one huge “do-over” patch. The long-awaited Wastelanders update will add NPCs, factions, a new storyline, its official launch on Steam, and many other additions (as well as a new Inon Zur-composed soundtrack). The devs are certainly promoting Wastelanders to high heaven and getting the word out about the new and (hopefully) improved Fallout 76:

And if you want to get into the game on the very first minute of the update, Bethesda posted a global map showing when Wastelanders is going live around the world:

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ichi sakari

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Cary is playing you, Todd is played by John

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Kazdal

I’ve raged quit twice already…and I’m a fallout fan boy. I’m wondering the over/under on how many days it’ll take for shit to hit the fan. Then Besthesda will apologize by offering us a 2% discount off of anything over $50 from the caps store.
On the other hand…I’m excited for them to roll this out. I’ll give it another shot once they’ve fixed a lot of the bugs…if they do.

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Mewmew

“Besthesda will apologize by offering us a 2% discount off of anything over $50 from the caps store.”

Oh wow, that one got me :P Sad that it’s so true though.

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I’ve had a blast in FO76.

Yes there are issues – which games doesn’t have them? I’ve yet to play one. And it’s a nice change of pace from the WoW clone /vanilla copies that have been trundled out over the years. Love WoW, it’s a fun game, but anything that isn’t familiar to many like WoW gets panned.

Looks great, love the AI of the NPC’s, housing is fun and overall randomness of encounters out in a world that can and will kill you is just well done.

Hopefully Wastelanders will pacify the Fallout franchise lovers that didn’t like the desolation of FO76. Which IMHO was perfect for what someone coming out of lockdown might experience.

** Nice to see MassivelyOP not do a complete hatched piece on FO76 and/or ignore it altogether!

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Schmidt.Capela

Hopefully Wastelanders will pacify the Fallout franchise lovers that didn’t like the desolation of FO76.

I’m not sure this is even possible for an online-only game. A lot of the traditional elements of the franchise just can’t work with the limitations imposed by the online nature of the game.

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Yet another map with out Black Sea.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Yay!!! Yet another live service game that had a half baked launch now deploys yet another a “second chance update” and all the morons who bitched about its launch state go running back and tell us how improved everything is; thus continuing to lock us into the cycle of half baked releases that take your money now with the promise of maybe being good one day.

Why do gamers have this messed up version of battered wife syndrome? It doesn’t matter how they say they’ve learned their lesson: they’re going to keep pushing full priced, unfinished garbage out as long as we keep running back.

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losludvig

tell me more of this world of yours wherein a shoddy game becoming good is a bad thing

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Bullet Teeth

Maybe in a world where a shoddy-ass game isn’t released until it’s good enough to be, and not being charged full-fucking-price for a piece of electronic shit?

You know…like how it was before? In this world we currently live in…before gamers decided to take the proverbial “rake in the ass” every time one of these “AAA” developers decide to jizz out a product worth less than flypaper.

How’s that?

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Covynant001

You know that the expansion is free for those who already own the game right?

No no, carry on ranting…

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Mewmew

When you invest money in something, you sometimes do want to feel you’re getting worth for that money and will return if the game actually is fixed up a bit more like it was supposed to be. A lot of people bought the game and couldn’t return it. They either let it rot and let their money be spent for nothing, or they go back now that it’s fixed up a bit and see if they can get some value for their money spent.

Bethesda was an extremely respected company that had never done anything like this to us before. We had no reason to believe Fallout 76 would be the piece of wasteland junk that it was. You’re going to blame the people who spent money on the game and want to get the game they were promised out of it?

You shouldn’t go putting words into the mouths of others. I’m not hearing anybody going on about how great the game is now, other than the fanbois who had never quit and were happy with the shoddy product they gave us to start with. Many of us just had it with this game and Bethesda and aren’t willing to give them another chance, as far as Fallout 76 anyway. I’ll be wary with anything they release in the future from now on too.

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Well, a couple of things. Yes, it is a huge deal. But let’s keep it in perspective. Many issues will remain. The weird graphic stuff, the clipping, weird animations etc. that’s engine trouble. It isn’t horrible but it is forever.

But this is not a reboot. It is restart maybe, but with the same stuff. Heh.

Second, I believe that Bethesda has learned a great deal through the trials that are F76. And so much has improved in the game as stands right now. The layer of story, NPCs, and improved systems will be great for those who play F76 right now. It might entice others to join in, but I don’t expect a lot of new players. However, there are many players who left and will now come back and take a look. Which is a huge opportunity for Bethesda.

Last, they are really pushing Steam. For example, for existing players who linked Bethesda.net to Steam, they are giving free Steam F76 versions that also include Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 as bonus items. It is a pretty sweet deal as almost everything transfers over. So, there will be a huge influx of existing players going through Steam as well.

As a player, I’m enjoying F76 at the moment. I restarted a new toon and I’m being very diligent about exploration this time and I’m finding tons of goodness. We will see how things go when a huge load hits the servers and areas are populated.

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Dug From The Earth

Bethesda needed to take an example from Gearbox…. Borderlands 3 came out for 60 bucks, and wasnt on steam. 6 months later when it finally DID release on steam, the price was dropped to 50% off because the game wasnt a new release anymore.

Fallout 76 has been seen being sold for super cheap, and even given away FREE with the purchase of another product. The game has been out about a year and a half now, and its steam release is the normal, non discounted price. This is especially crucial for a game that everyone KNOWS has been in a particularly bad and rocky state. Thats not a good way to bring in wary, cautious new customers.

And then, to top it off, to announce a new major update to the game that potentially brings all sorts of new bugs and problems, and expect new customers to risk their hard earned cash on really just shows how out of touch the company is with the rest of the gaming community.

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Richard de Leon III

At this point, i dont think even being free will help with a lot of people. Its obvious Bethesda is trying to monetize Fallout and Elder Scrolls like mad. I frankly wont buy another product they sell unless its offline and mod-friendly. That way I know the worst they can do is charge me for DLC.

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Schmidt.Capela

That way I know the worst they can do is charge me for DLC.

Which will be unnecessary because free mods will do everything the official DLC do, often in a more polished and more extensive way. Heck, even bribing some of the best mod makers to release their creations on the Creation Club didn’t quite work because other modders tend to ignore Creation Club content, so it ends with quite a few compatibility issues and almost no integration with other mods.

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Covynant001

Yep, you are correct, you won’t be buying any new game from them going forward.

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Danny Smith

I’m looking forward to the inevitable trash fires bugs where the update deletes system32 or something at this point.

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Blake

I’m almost glad I won’t get to touch the game for most of the day tomorrow, if there are screams of system crashes I’ll get to dodge them!

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Covynant001

Good move, most likely will be a shitshow, and I say this as a fan of the game.

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Ironwu

Well, if they really think it is THAT good, then give everyone a free month to try out the game. If it is good, folks will buy it; maybe subscribe (Ha-Ha). With this game, I am firmly in the ‘Show Me’ camp rather than the ‘Tell Me’ camp before spending any money on it. That has worked well so far. :)

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Hikari Kenzaki

I guess the key will be how well they account for new players and players who liked the mechanics but not the empty pvp world. I don’t see much talk about the barrier to entry on the new content.