Have you heard of the game Fallout 76: Wastelanders? On November 14, 2018, Bethesda Softworks officially launched the prequel to the iconic Fallout series, Fallout 76. The game follows the “live service” model seen in AAA titles like Anthem. Just like Anthem, both supporters and critics heavily criticized the game due to its lack of NPCs and an almost empty barren world. Not to mention that the game feels unfinished and littered with bugs with some players calling the game a recycled version of its predecessors.
Then on April 16, 2020, a free update called Fallout 76: Wastelanders made its way into the game. The million-dollar question is if the Fallout 76: Wastelanders update worth going back to the wastelands? Or is it by itself a waste of time? To answer that question, let’s do a quick overview of the game first.
Empty Home, Bumpy Roads
Announced in May of 2018, Fallout 76 showed a lot of promise or, for the most part, promised many things to the gaming community. The first trailer features the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads,”. Well, the video itself garnered a lot of popularity itself. However, when the game launched, it felt more like an empty world full of glitches and various problems.
So begins the bumpy road of Fallout 76 as Bethesda Softworks delivered an unfinished game and cheated those who purchased the $200 Power Armor edition of the game. For those who missed it, the Power Armor Edition (see image above) featured a canvas bag. However, those who purchased the pricey edition received a cheap variation of the product. Although the issue has addressed the coming months, the in-game bugs remained prevalent. Moreover, the game was haemorrhaging players.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders Premium Subscription
Amidst the vast updates, the game still lacks many things. One that thing is the highly requested NPCs. On top of that, the game’s in-game store is offering cosmetics at an insanely high price, which can sometimes reach up to $20. Although this did not sit well with the players, loyal fans continue to play the game in the hope that the game they purchased for $60 or more will improve.
Then, in a drastic move, Bethesda announced that they would be selling premium subscriptions for the game for $12.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Premium subscription allows players to receive a box allowing unlimited storage for crafting materials, a placeable fast travel system with additional supplies, 1650 atoms per month, and exclusive cosmetic items.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders
Launched on April 14, 2020, Fallout 76: Wastelanders, according to Bethesda, will “include a new main questline, new factions, new events, new features, and even more surprises.” The update was packed full of contents. The best part is that Wastelanders addressed one of the community’s most requested features – the return of NPCs.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders takes place a year after the opening of vault 76. The new instalment highlights the arrival of new survivors in search of treasure. The fun part is that players can now choose sides between raiders and settlers. Also included in the update are new weapons, items, and so much more.
Back to Appalachia
Going back to the question if Fallout 76: Wastelanders is worth going back to Appalachian wastelands? Well, for those who already own the game, Wastelanders is worth going back to the game. You might want to consider watching the videos from Youtuber like Angry Joe Show. Most of the people said that it is a great thing to do if you are a newcomer!
If you are a new fan of the franchise who played the previous Fallout instalments, check out Fallout 76. After all, Fallout 76 is a fun online multiplayer game for you and your fellow Fallout enthusiast. You might want to recommend or suggest this game with your friends too.