Fallout 76 is getting a seasonal model featuring board games and the Brotherhood of Steel. It'll also be free for everyone to play, as Bethesda Game Studios had to recently clarify.
In a tweet from the studio, Bethesda confirmed that Fallout 76's Seasons will be free for all players. "We may add extra Fallout 1st bonus rewards in the future, but want to focus on getting Season 1 in game first and seeing your thoughts," said the post. "Sorry for confusion on this."
Bethesda recently laid out the plans for the rest of the year for Fallout 76, including the addition of Seasons, which are set to bring a number of new gameplay mechanics, quests, and other content to the wastes of the online RPG. This all spurs off the recent release of the Wastelanders update, the much-anticipated NPC update for Fallout 76 that makes it feel a bit more like a proper RPG.
With the Wastelanders update finally out, it seems like Bethesda is starting to look towards where Fallout 76 can go now that it feels a bit more like a Fallout game. This recent confirmation that Seasons will be free seems meant mostly to assuage fears; the model Bethesda laid out seems fairly similar to most other season passes these days, like those in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Fortnite.
The first season of Fallout 76 is due out this summer, alongside update 20. You can read more about all the work put into the update in our interview with Bethesda's Pete Hines from PAX East 2020.