Fallout 76’s Wastelanders is coming soon, and the new expansion is pretty massive. With the very rocky and controversial problems that Fallout 76 has had these last few months, it’s no surprise that Bethesda wants to be more reserved with this new content. To avoid the massive deluge of bugs that the base game and some other patches had, the company will be holding a closed beta to test and improve the expansion.
It’s unclear what content will be unlocked for this test run, but what is clear is just how much will be in the final expansion. The story of the new expansion will add some new elements, and include the gravitas that Fallout fans have come to desire. According to Bethesda, players will “Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates.” Based on this tease, the Appalachian wasteland will be getting some return to form of the more deterministic dialogue of the older games.
Check it out in the gameplay trailer linked below.
The developer is now allowing players to get their hands on the new content in the survival game a bit early. This batch of players will be able to “try out the new content, provide your feedback, and report the issues you experience” so that Bethesda can patch problems before Fallout 76’s Wastelanders is launched. The event itself will be locked to the PC, and invitations will only be sent to “a few hundred players” to take part. “While this means that not everyone who opts-in will be selected, we wanted to ensure that as many of our most active and experienced community members as possible have the chance to opt in for consideration,” the developer said in the announcement post.
Those who want to try for a spot have until 6.00pm ET on January 14 to sign up for the testing phase. And once again, only PC players will be able to opt-in. And yes, a non-disclosure agreement is involved so players will not be able to “to share, stream, record, or discuss any information from this experience.” This should help protect Fallout 76’s Wastelanders from getting hit by a wave of leaks.
Fallout 76 is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.