Surprise: Fallout 76 accidentally releases Steel Dawn a week early

    
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Surprise: Fallout 76 accidentally releases Steel Dawn a week early

While it’s not yet December — we checked, using our keen investigative skills — Fallout 76’s December update actually is live in the game. Originally scheduled to release next week, the Steel Dawn content patch accidentally rolled out to all Xbox players. Bethesda looked at that, shrugged, and decided to go with it by releasing it to PC as well.

“Earlier today, there was an error that caused players in our Xbox community to download the Steel Dawn Update ahead of schedule, but prevented them from actually playing,” Bethesda explained. “We immediately investigated ways to get our Xbox players back in-game as soon as possible, but, through our discussions, the entire BGS team felt confident that Steel Dawn is ready to go.”

So happy early patch day, Fallout 76 players! Steel Dawn brings the Brotherhood of Steel into Appalachia, opens the doors to underground CAMP shelters, and removed any negative effects from hunger and thirst (huzzah!). There’s a lot more to this, of course, including the upcoming new season, so you’ll want to read the patch notes for the full details.

Source: Fallout 76, Patch Notes. Happy Thanksgiving to Evrista, Kinya, Vanquesse, BalsBigBrother, Fisty, and Sorenthaz!

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Wollomby Rowsdower

I recently bought this on sale. I was waiting for this update so I could dive into the game with both feet! However… Vermintide 2, Killing Floor 2 and Elder Scrolls Online take up two thirds of my 500GB SSD space. I’m going to have to delete something to install Fallout. Grrrrrr.

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rafael12104

I know this problem well. Finally broke down and bought another SSD but… guess what? I’m about to run into the issue again. Lol.

Hey, I don’t like to uninstall the games I like. They are a like my warm blanket even if I don’t play them. Heh.

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Sorenthaz

Well that’s definitely a “happy accident”.

I haven’t checked it out yet but I heard they possibly fixed a good sum of lag issues and there’s no reason to stockpile food/drinks as much as before to where you can free up a good chunk of inventory.

Also I’ve been notoriously bad at ignoring the story quests in the game, guess I should maybe do those.

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Croquantes

If anything, I need to eat and drink MORE now to have the fed and watered status, but big whoop because i carry around a hundred pounds of food and water and it’s nice to actually see food and water reserves being used

And because you don’t get debuffs for being hungry or thirsty, it’s not punishing in any way if you forget to eat or drink. The system as a whole is just way less oppressive.

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Blake

Gotta admit I’ve been thinking about giving FO76 another go. Underground bunkers, no more food/water issues (aside from buffs)? I’m intrigued.

Once my rekindled WoW obsession subsides I’ll dive back in.

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BalsBigBrother

Won’t have time to dive into this until the weekend but new free content is always a good thing. I am interested to see what they have done with the Brotherhood in this iteration of the Fallout franchise.

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Fisty

Diving in today. Nice sale on big CAMP items in the shop, plan on getting a red rocket garage and bunker for like 400 atoms. Looking forward to shelters more than anything. Brotherhood of Steel suuuuck.

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PanagiotisLial1

I think only Bethesda could accidently release an update. Then again STO accidently released a Federation ship to KDF players too and decided to roll with it

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Schmidt.Capela

Even their release process is bugged :-)

I’m not sure Bethesda had much option apart from rolling with it, BTW; I don’t think the XBox is set to easily allow devs to roll back the version of a game already installed on the players’ consoles, and having to set up a bogus patch from scratch containing the previous game version might take enough time the new version would already be released by the time the bogus patch was distributed. If that was indeed the case, Bethesda’s choices ultimately boiled down to either keeping XBox players unable to connect for a week or else releasing the update early.

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Turing fail

Buggy Bethesda code as a plus for a change…

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Jeremy Barnes

or their marketing department is genius because now there’s a ton of goodwill for it being released early