When Fallout 76 launched last year, one of the many complaints the game had is the lack of people to interact with, primarily the NPCs that are present in the past Fallout games. To rectify it, Bethesda promised that through expansion, they will be back and that will be when the much-awaited Fallout 76 Wastelander’s expansion releases later this year.
For fans who have been waiting solely for the Wastelander’s expansion that promises to make the world of Fallout 76 to be lively with NPCs populating the world, prepare to be disappointed as it’s been delayed until Q1 of 2020. Per the developer, they need to re-evaluate and change their processes to make sure the work they are doing hits their quality bar.
While that may be disappointing, there is still lots of content to look forward to this year and one of them is Private Worlds. Launching next week, players will finally have the ability to play in their own private worlds with their friends. The update will not for free, however. More information on the Private Worlds will be released at a later date.
In addition to Private Worlds, there are changes coming to Atomic Shop:
We love that there are so many types of players within Fallout 76, and one of our primary goals is to reward everyone, no matter how you play. This includes our approach to earning Atoms through Challenges and the types of items to unlock with them in the Atomic Shop.
Our approach to these items at launch was to keep them purely cosmetic. But after looking at all the data, it became clear that to consistently deliver content that keeps Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all, we needed to rethink our approach to the Atomic Shop.
While we had many ideas on what to add to the Atomic Shop, one of the ways was the direct result of the community’s feedback. We heard from many of you who wanted items with some real utility. Starting in April, we began adding items such as Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and a working Refrigerator. These have since become the most popular category in the Atomic Shop. We’re also still working on all the previously announced items and new cosmetic categories.
We want to create an Atomic Shop experience where players feel good about spending their hard-earned Atoms. To make the system more fun and engaging for all players, we plan on reworking parts of the Challenge and reward system next year to be clearer, more fun, and more impactful for all types of players.
Of course, players can also buy Atoms, and we’re careful with everything we add to not upset the game’s balance. Our main objective is to avoid a situation where players can spend money to gain a competitive advantage or make the game worse for other players. Even more so, we want systems that allow players who do choose to buy Atoms to make the game better for others, not just themselves. With these principles in mind, we make careful decisions about the items we offer to keep it fair for everyone.
For the remainder of 2019, Bethesda promises that there will be more updates coming like new events, the Legendary player system, a PTS, perk load-outs, and so much more.