Upcoming Fallout 76 Patch Introduces New Faction
Despite its rough launch, Bethesda is still keen to both support Fallout 76 brand new content and with corrections of the technical issues the game encountered during its first few months of release. With the newest update for Fallout 76, it appears as if most of the game’s major bugs have now been fixed, and the team can look forward to adding more new content for players looking to return to the online wasteland.
Fallout 76‘s next update is titled “Ever Upwards!”, and it will launch on May 7th as part of Patch 9. The biggest feature coming to the game is the introduction of a new faction: The Pioneer Scouts. This new faction will open up a new wave of activities for the players to complete, which in turn can be redeemed for themed loot which players can use to improve their C.A.M.P.
Another major addition sees Fallout 76 players being able to equip personalized backpacks for their characters. Not only will the backpacks give players more carrying space, but also they can be customized to the player’s liking. Having a new cosmetic item should be a nice treat for players to have, though it won’t be visible while wearing power armor.
While adding more challenges and a new group of NPCs will likely be seen by fans as a good thing, Bethesda still has an uphill battle to climb given the recently released live service competition with games such as The Division 2 and Anthem. Nevertheless, it looks as if Bethesda is holding to its claim of wanting to support Fallout 76 forever.
Regardless of how anyone feels about Fallout 76, there’s no arguing the game and its developer are in much better states than they were during November’s launch period. From including a day-one patch that nearly doubled the game’s file size, controversy surrounding Fallout 76‘s canvas bags in its collector’s edition, and the realization of a premature launch leading to countless game-breaking bugs needing to be addressed, most of the game’s excitement was quickly overshadowed by its shortcomings. Thankfully for those who may be worried about the future of the Fallout franchise, Todd Howard has confirmed the turn towards “games as a service” will not be a permanent one.
Fallout 76 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.