Bethesda launched Wastelanders, the update on NPCs and role-playing games, to Fallout 76 in April. Now the developer has released a roadmap for the rest of 2020 through ttwo blog posts sure his official website. There’s a lot of content to come, including a famous NPC faction from the Fallout franchise’s past.
The current “challenge” system Fallout 76 is very simple: players can complete tasks, such as killing specific monsters or leveling up while wearing some silly cosmetic equipment, to earn atomic points, which can then be spent on cosmetics and quality of life items in the atomic shop.
A new season system for Fallout 76 will revise this framework. Players will have a new currency called SCORE points which will increase at the end of the challenges. Players will advance in a retro style board game with increasing SCORE points, which will give them rewards. This seems to be an improvement over the current system, especially since Bethesda says that “the challenges will be less complicated and easier to achieve, usually involving activities that players would accomplish while playing Fallout 76 as they normally would. “
It’s basically a combat pass system, which is popular in other games as a service like Red Dead Online and Fortnite.
In the fall, the One Wasteland for All event will begin, which will rebalance enemies and levels. This means that players will not leave the safe, take a wrong turn, and run into huge, raised enemies. Higher-level Vault Dwellers will also have more of a constant challenge no matter where they are on the map.
In winter, the Brotherhood of Steel will return in Fractured Steel. It will be a Wastelanders style expansion pack which will add a new faction, quests and NPCs to manage. The Brotherhood of Steel has been present in all Fallout games to date; in the early days of Fallout 76, the players were able to discover that they had entered the region, but had all died in the attempt to stop the Brûlé.
From now on, Fallout 76 will play for free on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One until May 18, but will require a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription to play on consoles. All progress made in the free trial will be transferred to the full game if purchased.