Fallout 76 Wastelanders Expansion Adds Human NPCs

If you choose to stick with Fallout 76 through 2020, you’ll eventually get to interact with human NPCs in the game’s Wastelanders expansion.

This upcoming DLC will see other wanders come into the wasteland looking for a place to call home. While the full cast of NPCs hasn’t been revealed, it seems that it will include everything from cannibals and cultists to survivors like yourself. The Wastelanders expansion will also feature brand new quests, characters, choices, and dialog trees designed to complement the fact there are now humans you can interact with.

The NPCs are certainly the stars of this particular show in terms of upcoming features. One of the most popular critiques of Fallout 76 upon its launch revolved around the game’s lack of human NPCs and how their absence made the game feel empty in comparison to the mainline Fallout games.  The idea of non-playable settlers and soon populating the game’s expansive world does help sell the idea of Fallout 76 being an online Fallout experience. 

Wastelanders was expected to launch late in 2019, but it seems that Bethesda has decided to delay its release in order to “make sure the work we’re doing hits our quality bar, and yours.” We could make some snarky comments about that, and we will as soon as we tell you that Wastelanders is now scheduled to launch as a free update to Fallout 76 sometime in early 2020.

Now on to those snarky comments. We’re not really sure where the quality bar for Fallout 76 rests at the moment given the game’s incredibly disappointing launch and further embarrassments such as some potentially moldy helmets associated with the game that was sold via GameStop. The most notable update to the game since its launch has been a battle royale mode which kind of just came and went. 

Of course, a battle royale mode was always a bit desperate considering that Bethesda had to previously deny that Fallout 76 would be a battle royale game, but let’s not pretend that was Fallout 76‘s lowest moment. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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