Fallout 76 Wastelanders Release Delayed to Q1 2020, Atomic Shop Changes Incoming

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If you’re looking forward to Fallout 76’s upcoming free expansion Wastelanders, you’ll be waiting a lot more. Bethesda has sent out the Fallout 76 Wastelanders release delayed announcement via a press release, along with a few key details regarding the Atomic Shop and more.

WASTELANDERS

We’ve been hard at work on Fallout 76 this year, including our biggest free update yet, Wastelanders. We’re excited about how Wastelanders is coming together but it’s going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be, so we are delaying its release to Q1 next year. We’ve continued to re-evaluate and change our processes to make sure the work we

Bethesda has also shared details regarding Private Worlds (private servers), and how the Atomic Shop is changing big time.

PRIVATE WORLDS COMING SOON

We’re happy to announce our work on the service for private servers is complete and will be launching next week! The ability to play in your own private world with your friends has been the number one community-requested feature, and we’re thrilled it’s finally coming. Our goal for players who purchase this service is to offer something for everyone, not just those who want a private server. Additionally, in the future you’ll be able to mod your worlds. Stay tuned for more information on the service in the coming days. 

CHALLENGES, ATOMS, THE ATOMIC SHOP, AND YOU

We love that there are so many types of players within Fallout 76, and one of our primary goals is to reward everyone, no matter how you play. This includes our approach to earning Atoms through Challenges and the types of items to unlock with them in the Atomic Shop.

Our approach to these items at launch was to keep them purely cosmetic. But after looking at all the data, it became clear that to consistently deliver content that keeps Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all, we needed to rethink our approach to the Atomic Shop.

While we had many ideas on what to add to the Atomic Shop, one of the ways was the direct result of the community’s feedback. We heard from many of you who wanted items with some real utility. Starting in April, we began adding items such as Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and a working Refrigerator. These have since become the most popular category in the Atomic Shop. We’re also still working on all the previously announced itemsand new cosmetic categories.

We want to create an Atomic Shop experience where players feel good about spending their hard-earned Atoms.To make the system more fun and engaging for all players, we plan on reworking parts of the Challenge and reward system next year to be clearer, more fun, and more impactful for all types of players.

Of course, players can also buy Atoms, and we’re careful with everything we add to not upset the game’s balance. Our main objective is to avoid a situation where players can spend money to gain a competitive advantage or make the game worse for other players. Even more so, we want systems that allow players who do choose to buy Atoms to make the game better for others, not just themselves. With these principles in mind, we make careful decisions about the items we offer to keep it fair for everyone.

Now if you think Bethesda’s done for the year, the studio mentions they have a “few more updates” planned for 2019, including fixes to the existing game, and quality of life improvements.

Check out more of what’s coming in 2020 for Fallout 76 right here.

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