Finally! Fallout 4 developer and publisher Bethesda has made an official announcement on downloadable content (DLC) set to expand the Wasteland.
Bethesda made the announcement on Twitter and other social media outlets this morning, announcing not only the first pack of DLC, but two and three as well. Here are the details:
If you’re unable to view the video, for the first expansion pack Automatron, Bethesda reveals “the mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!”
Price: $9.99 USD | £7.99 GBP | $16.95 AUD
Release: March 2016
In expansion pack two, “With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixi tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!”
Price: $4.99 USD | £3.99 GBP | $7.95 AUD
Release: April 2016
For expansion pack three, Far Harbor, “A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that we’ve ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.”
Price: $24.99 USD | £19.99 GBP | $39.95 AUD
Release: May 2016
Bethesda is also excited to announce plans for more. The company says more than $60 worth of new Fallout adventures and features will be coming throughout 2016. Because of the expanded DLC plan, the price of the season pass will increase from the current $29.99 to $49.99 USD (£24.99 to £39.99 GBP; $49.95 to $79.95 AUD) on March 1, 2016. Don’t panic, though – if you already purchased the season pass for $29.99, nothing changes – you still get everything at no additional cost— the full $60 offering of add-on content for the original price of $29.99. In addition, if you didn’t buy the season pass yet, there is still time: anyone who buys the Season Pass for $29.99 before March 1st will get all $60 worth of content. Bethesda says it’s their way of “saying thanks to all our loyal fans who have believed in us and supported us over the years.”
You can also sign up for a chance to play the DLC early as part of a closed beta process for both consoles and PC. And you can sign up right now on Bethesda.net. In order to apply, you’ll need to create a registered Bethesda.net account. Applicants will be selected in the upcoming weeks. Players accepted into the beta will receive a code to redeem the content. The beta is the full version (complete with achievements) and those participating will not have to purchase the add-on.
Beyond add-ons, the company promises free updates to the game, including new features like the recent weapon debris for PC, and increased draw distances for consoles, as well as more optimizations to gameplay and quests. Survival mode will also see a complete overhaul that changes how you play the whole game: food, sleep, diseases, danger and more.
Bethesda reports they are still hard at work on the Creation Kit, which will allow you to create and play mods absolutely free. Testing for both Survival Mode and the Creation Kit is in progress, and more details will be forthcoming.