Fallout 76’s large-scale Wastelanders update is officially live — here are the patch notes

    
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It’s been a long and oftdelayed time coming, but Fallout 76 has finally lit the fuse on the bottle rocket that is the Wastelanders update.

At this point, everyone reading this is likely familiar with all this update is meant to bring: human NPCs, new quests, C.A.M.P. allies, new items and gear, new foes, and an official arrival on Steam. What’s different this time around is that Bethesda has published a full set of update notes that outlines everything being added, from weapons to repeatable daily quests and events to the new reputation systems.

The update sizes are beefy, with 70 GB for consoles, 54 GB through the Bethesda launcher, and about 68 GB via Steam. So you’ve got a little bit of time to read through what’s new.

 

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oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

Had the pleasure of removing steam notifications about fallout this morning.

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Sorenthaz

And of course in a predictable fashion Steam reviews are already getting nuked with negative rants and shitposts because folks either linked their Steam account to their Bethesda one (getting a free copy on Steam if they owned Fo76) or bought it on Steam and refunded it after dropping a review. Ofc most of them only show .2-.4 hours of playtime since that’s the bare minimum needed to post a review.

Honestly I was expecting the Fallout 76 reddit to be flooded with posts about some game breaking bug or people being disappointed in Bethesda screwing up in a big way. So far it looks like nothing bad has cropped up -yet-, so the Steam reviews are just regurgitating old information and complaining about the monetization.

Then I guess there’s some folks who actually have like some deep personal grudge because Fallout 76’s existence is apparently a personal attack against them. Some folks really need to grow up.

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Jokerchyld

Who looks to Steam reviews for…anything useful?

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Siphaed

Got to agree with this. Forums and …early, early Reddit were useful insights to a game’s performance, enjoyment, and such. But open public reviews? They’re trash. They’re essentially YELP! for people to get a sense that their opinions matter to others. They don’t. Just like this opinion here in this post doesn’t and shouldn’t matter to others.

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Sorenthaz

Well usually the top reviews are informative and you can get a general feel for public perception on the game at least.

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rafael12104

Ok. So here is my initial take. I’m trying to be as objective as possible.

First, as I mentioned. As an existing F76 owner, I had the chance to grab F76 through Steam for free. Bnet and Steam also gave me Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics at no charge just for making the transition. So, given what I already own, I know have the complete Fallout set. Not bad!

On to the important part, F76. Within minutes of appearing in my camp, I felt the changes. I took a stroll to get a little water and pick up some mats and I met an NPC settler. After a brief conversation, and she is back at my camp, playing the guitar and telling stories. Pretty cool although she’d better shut up when I’m trying to get some sleep.

Walked a bit further down and discovered and NPC outpost that wasn’t there before. And when I walked in the door the game let me know I was walking into an instance. It was a little weird and unnecessary, but whatever. The dialogue and interactions that followed were very New Vegas/Outter Worlds like, witty and fun. The result? I have a quest to take down some bad guys, a bunch of holo’s from a dude wanting sell instruction audio tapes, and I was restocked with ammo and heals.

Overall first impression. Holy shit, NPCs make a huge difference. The game is more enjoyable now with these new interactions. I haven’t gotten very far with the NPCs new stories, but I’ve been sidetracked by them so much that my exploration objectives have taken a back seat.

And it is all free for me. Additions to F76 that haven’t cost me a dime. I’m very happy with what I’m seeing at the moment, BUT let’s see how the game performs with high player count and additional stress on the servers.

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Greaterdivinity

Waiting around for a deep sale, kinda surprised there’s no sale at all for the Steam launch.

Those reviews though. People are bringing their salt with them to Steam : P

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Jokerchyld

Yeah I picked it up I wanna say earlier this year for 19.99. It was OK when I played but definitely felt the lack of NPCs. Waiting for the 60GB update to finish so I can check this “Fallout Online” like expansion.

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Kushaja

Ok so this is the best thing t o do right now:
1: Find a Bethesda Fallout 76 key somewhere on an internet store. They are still super cheap.
2. Redeem the key on you Bethesda account / website
3. Link your Bethesda and Steam accounts through the Bethesda account service.
4. Fallout 76 shows up in your Steam library soon.

Easy peasy.

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Dug From The Earth

Best review ive seen so far

Fallout 3: Where’s my dad?
Fallout New Vegas: Where’s the guy who shot me?
Fallout 4: Where’s my son?
Fallout 76: Where’s my refund?

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TJ French

When can we mod it? That’s the only news that matters here.

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styopa

This is fallout76. Their new patches are always interesting.

….Countdown to the cascade of patches and reddit threads about how this ‘patch’ broke everything and opened a torrent of exploits, bugs, and (even possibly) actual damage to people’s computers.

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Mordyjuice

So is this FO76’s FF14 Reborn, or ESO One Tamriel DLC?

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Jokerchyld

Closer to Reborn as it turning the game into what players wanted it to be when it launched but wasnt

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Sorenthaz

76 is actually going to get a One Appalachia update slated for later in the year. I’d say it’s closer to Reborn or NMS’s big update.

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Kushaja

First time im hearing about this, got any news link or source? Couldn’t find anything from my end. Thanks!

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Sorenthaz

should be timestamped to near the end where they talk about future stuff. Guess it’ll be called ‘One Wasteland’ or something.

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wratts

Cue the exploits and complaints in 5, 4, 3 . . . never mind, just go

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Greaterdivinity

Apparently folks that refunded the game are getting it for free on Steam. So…it’s a Bethesda release : P