Fallout 76’s big Wastelanders update has been delayed

Fallout 76’s ‘Wastelanders’ update has been delayed until next year.

Bethesda’s online apocalyptic RPG has had a whole host of problems since it launched at the tail end of last year, with one of the biggest complaints being directed at the fact that the game featured absolutely no NPC’s, which made the whole thing feel rather empty. That’s a problem that Bethesda promised to remedy by adding NPC’s to the game in the “Wastelanders” update, which they announced back at E3 with a relatively open release window of “Fall”.

However, a new blog post from the developer has revealed that the update has now been pushed back until “Q1 next year”, which could mean at any point up until Tuesday 31st March. According to Bethesda, the update is “coming together” but “it’s going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be”. The developer says that they have “continued to re-evaluate and change our processes to make sure the work we’re doing hits our quality bar, and yours”.

As much as I always say that I would rather things get pushed back to ensure that they’re released in a complete state, this is another kick in the teeth for disappointed players who bought into such an empty game a year ago. Perhaps the entire game should have been delayed until Q1 2020.

In slightly better news for players, the blog post also confirmed that much-requested private servers will be coming to the game next week, giving players “the ability to play in your own private world with your friends”. This is a feature that has been highly requested by a large number of players, so it’s good to see Bethesda acknowledge it and react. The developer also said that players will be able to mod their worlds “in the future”, and they promised to release more details on the private server service in the coming days.

Chris is our resident FPS-obsessed football fanatic who, when not playing an FPS or FIFA, can probably be found spending the odd 100 hours or so building his perfect farm on Stardew Valley. Chris comes to you with a hint of cynicism and plenty of sarcasm.

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