Fallout 76 will come to Steam on April 7, alongside human NPC-focused 'Wastelanders' expansion

Polycount

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Called "Wastelanders," the update will bring human NPCs to the world of Fallout 76 for the first time ever. So far, players have had to make do with user-to-user and user-to-creature interactions, which made the world feel a bit lifeless and stale. Theoretically, Wastelanders will fix that problem, while also adding in a new faction quest, companions, wild new monster types, and a revamped main storyline.

For players who have stuck with 76 from the start, Wastelanders promises to be a significant breath of fresh air. Always-online games such as this live and die on the quality and quantity of their updates. Developers may not have to deliver a stable or even worthwhile product on launch (much to the chagrin of many), but as long as their games get better over time, they will likely amass a decent following.

Of course, opening up your game to a broader audience helps with its potential success, too. Alongside the Wastelanders update's April 7 launch, Fallout 76's Bethesda.net PC exclusivity will come to an end. On that day, the game will arrive on Steam, one of the largest PC-focused digital distribution platforms out there.

Fallout 76's Steam version will come with the usual perks you've come to expect from other games on the platform: the Steam overlay, friends list integration, discussions, user reviews, refunds, achievements, and possibly even Workshop mod support down the line.

If you've held off on buying Fallout 76 up to this point due to poor reviews or its exclusivity, April 7 may be a great time to give it a shot. You can't pre-order the game on Steam yet, but we assume you'll be able to soon. As long as its pricing doesn't change much in the next two months, it should run you about $40.

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TomSEA

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No thanks. I'm not interesting in jumping into a game that's been a disaster from day one, no matter what kind of content they add.
 
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Cycloid Torus

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Better story - check
better interactions - check
wilder monsters - check
intro of NPCs - check
intro of companions - check
new faction - check
fewer bugs - check

Maybe a true resurrection. I plan to take a closer look after a couple of hundred 'verified' owner reviews (probably just after April 15).

One can hope.
 

dualkelly

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Better story - check
better interactions - check
wilder monsters - check
intro of NPCs - check
intro of companions - check
new faction - check
fewer bugs - check

Maybe a true resurrection. I plan to take a closer look after a couple of hundred 'verified' owner reviews (probably just after April 15).

One can hope.
Your better off playing fallout 1/2 or Wasteland 1/2/3 or Mutant Year Zero or UnderRail all of which blow fallout 3 and all shitty spinoffs out of the water.
 

Jaryn211

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Better story - check
better interactions - check
wilder monsters - check
intro of NPCs - check
intro of companions - check
new faction - check
fewer bugs - check

Maybe a true resurrection. I plan to take a closer look after a couple of hundred 'verified' owner reviews (probably just after April 15).

One can hope.
If you go from nothing to something that could count as "better", doesn't make it good however.
 
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Rayneofpayne

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It's still a buggy mess, Angry Joe has been raving how bad this game is since release, especially now they want you to pay 100$ a year for a premium sub with no real benefit.
 
No single player mode means

NO SALE!
There is single player mode, but you have to pay a monthly sub to do so. It's such a wtf moment when you think about this; we pay subs to play online with others. However, Fallout 76 is so backwards you pay a sub to play alone lmao!

I mean; I don't care; games are my fun hobby, so I bought the Fallout 1st sub to check it out. To my surprise it is without a doubt a 100% GAME CHANGER for the better.

First I love to explore, so even without the option to play alone I never hated on Fallout 76, in fact I like it, but only to a point, meaning that as you continued to play nothing really drives you to continue forward, stop playing, a month later loving it again.

Playing Fallout 76 alone is an amazing experience.

It feels like a fallout world, I'm not great at explaining stuff, so it's just so much better, like hearing a massive explosion of gunfire in the background you know aren't peeps just being stupid, it's all you and only you, so much more immersive, it's a hard one to explain. If you feel like doing some group content just join adventure mode. It's a shame you have to pay for this after you already bought the f'ing game ffs, it's all the difference in the world.
 

scavengerspc

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Well for what its worth FO76 Wastelanders landed on Gamepass so, there you go.

From Destructoid:
"The recent Wastelanders update -- the one that added NPCs, dialogue choices, a reputation system, and an overhauled main questline -- did a ton to make Fallout 76 feel like a real single-player RPG".