Fallout 76 is finally going to feel more like a Bethesda game after its Wastelanders update. Fallout 76 Wastelanders update will bring Human NPCs for the first time along with story quests, dialogue options, and branching choices that have consequences.
Previous Fallout games like Fallout 4, have dialogue options to choose from while interacting with NPCs. Fallout 76 chose a different approach much to the dismay of the fanbase, which now, Bethesda is fixing with Wastelanders update.
Factions of Settlers and Raiders aim to make the world their own and claim a rumored fortune. Embark on a new main quest of choice and consequence, interact with characters and their unique stories, discover the faction settlements of Crater and Foundation, and collect powerful new weapons and armor. Your choices decide their fates.
Fallout 76 NPCs will have their own stories and it will be up to the players to choose how to interact with them. It sounds like players will have to side with either the raiders or the settlers.
While you can romance NPCs in Fallout 76, they will not follow you around like Nick Valentine from Fallout 4 or Fawkes from Fallout 3.
NPCs will be in your camp and Towns. They will be able to go with you on small quests in limited instances. Bethesda has not yet confirmed if players will able to level up NPCs or give them gear.
Wastelanders update feels like a resurrection of Fallout 76 since the game’s horrible launch last year. One of the big criticisms of Fallout 76 at its release was the lack of content and people in its game world.
According to Marc Tardif (co-studio director at Bethesda Game Studios), the team never planned to bring NPCs in Fallout 76. It only happened because Fallout community asked for the feature. In short, Bethesda is listening to what players want to see in the game and that’s a very good sign.
Furthermore, Fallout 76 battle royale mode is coming with this update. Battle royale mode will allow a maximum of 52 players on the map. Nuclear Winter will pit you against 51 players in an isolated map which is shrinking as a nuclear firestorm edges closer.
Nuclear Winter is a mix of PVE elements as well. You will have the option to revive players around you. Players will have to look out for different creatures ranging from small mole rats to hulking Scorch Beast bosses. As expected, players will have to search for resources, guns, ammo, and useful things scattered throughout the map.
Fallout 76 is currently free to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC until June 17. Players will get to check out Nuclear Winter later this year before its official launch.