‘Fallout 76’ 2020 Roadmap Revealed
- Title will receive its own Battle Pass progression system.
- Balance changes, and new content coming.
- Free to play this weekend on all available platforms.
Fallout 76 has had a rocky launch and start, but Bethesda is determined to make this a premier title. Over the course of its release, many have asked whether it could be saved. There have been questionable downloadable content additions. Issues arose with the collectible power armor helmet fans were excited for. Expansions were delayed, NPC updates were delayed, and it featured more bugs that can be named. Still, it has garnered a cult following, and some of the updates have made for a more enjoyable experience.
With the arrival of the Fallout 76: Wastelanders update, which Tyler felt was almost a fun experience, Bethesda has announced more changes and updates coming to their first multiplayer-focused title in the Fallout universe. Fallout 76 will be free this weekend for players to give it a try, in hopes of winning them over, and we have a roadmap of what’s to come over the course of the year. From the 14th of May until the 18th, players will be able to take advantage of the free status of Fallout 76. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users will be required to have their memberships on those platforms, meaning you’ll need to be PlayStation Plus or Xbox Gold or Ultimate member.
Bethesda also confirmed that previous events, such as Fasnacht and Meat Week, will be making their annual return. The bigger announcement, however, is that Bethesda plans on introducing a Battle Pass system similar to what’s found in Fortnite and Call of Duty. The aim is to have 76 seasons, and players will progress through it by completing special challenges, and they’ll unlock Atom Bundles, Perk Card packs, one-of-a-kind cosmetics, and more. A full breakdown can be found here. The first season will arrive with Update 20 sometime this summer.
Later this year Fallout 76 will receive its One Wasteland for All update. This update will ensure that traveling and exploring Appalachia with friends is a smoother and easier process. Combat will be rebalanced, loot will scale to every player regardless of level, and more. This winter, players will see West Virgins shake up as The Brotherhood of Steel returns to the scene in Fractured Steel, and this will bring new quests, companions, NPCs, and more. Other features in these upcoming updates are as follows:
- Players will see a new option on the Main Menu that will take them to a uniquely Fallout-themed seasonal progression screen. During Season 1, this will be a Captain Cosmos-themed board game!
- All players begin at the first space on the board — Rank 1 out of 100. Advancing along the board involves acquiring a new type of currency, S.C.O.R.E., obtainable through the revamped Challenge system and other in-game activities.
- Challenges will be less complicated and easier to complete, typically involving activities players would complete by playing Fallout 76 as they normally would.
- Rewards are handed out at every rank, with bigger rewards the more you advance and at specific milestones (Rank 25, 50, 76, etc).
- Players will have the option to spend 150 Atoms to skip ranks after the first two weeks of a Season. After two weeks, players can move ahead in ranks by spending Atoms as a means for those late to a Season a chance to catch up.
- Seasons will run for 10 weeks with a two-week break between the end of one season and the start of the next.
- The inaugural Season kicks off with Patch 20 this Summer!
Are you excited for the new content coming to Fallout 76? Have you enjoyed the title since it’s release? What would you like to see added or changed? For other gaming news to keep an eye on, make sure to check out the reveal of Paper Mario: The Origami King, the delay of Star Wars Episode I: Racer, and the reveal of the Mafia Trilogy. To stay up to date on Fallout 76, make sure to follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website.