Last February, after Fallout 76's less-than-stellar launch in late 2018, Bethesda released a free update roadmap for the shared world RPG. Wastelanders, the last update on that list, was later revealed to herald the addition of NPCs to 76's empty Appalachia. After being delayed into this year, Wastelanders finally has a new trailer and a release date: April 7, 2020.
The new trailer shows off all kinds of NPCs, a refreshing sight considering that Fallout 76 only launched with monsters, robot vendors, and other players in its world. It looks like a mix of survivalists, merchants, cultists, and some ordinary folks in need of a Vault dweller's skillset are all set to descend upon West Virginia once the Wastelanders update goes live. Your interactions with these NPCs will matter beyond the immediate consequences and quest outcomes, as Wastelanders is also gaining a new reputation system.
Bethesda confirms that with its ensemble of NPCs, Wastelanders will introduce a new main quest line to Fallout 76. A revamped version of 76's original main quest, which mainly had players retrace the paths of various now-dead survivors before them, will also be added.
Of course, there'll also be new mutated monsters to hunt down and gear to collect, including some spiffy new clothes and a compound bow that looks like it'd be really fun to hunt down 76's Scorchbeasts with.
NPCs have at the top of fans' request lists for 76 since its debut, suggesting this could be the update that permanently makes or breaks the game's reputation. Last Fall, just after Bethesda delayed Wastelanders into 2020, it unveiled a paid subscription service for the game that had its own rocky rollout. Still, Fallout 76 has its dedicated players, and come April they'll be joined by a boatload of NPCs and people who hope this'll make 76 on par with a regular Fallout release. April 7 will also mark 76's debut on Steam.