It feels like just yesterday when Fallout 76 released, fans and critics alike railed against it, and it seemed to fade into semi-obscurity. Part of that is thanks to the collective attention of the internet, the other part of that is thanks to, well, that other live-service game with a rough launch.
Still, fans have stuck by Fallout 76, and it's paid off now that Fallout 76's first slate of updates is here. Today, the Wild Appalachia update joined all platforms for Fallout 76 as the seventh patch overall. While it brings with it the usual patch fixes of gameplay adjustments and bug ironing, it also carries a new questline, a new crafting system, a new seasonal event quest, and more.
The new questline is one of the biggest new additions, leading players to uncover the mystery behind the wasteland's "Nukashine." Fittingly, players will be rewarded with the new brewing and distilling crafting system in finishing the new quests. The new crafting system will also net you new daily quests, so that players can put their bartending skills to the test with new recipes.
The new seasonal quest "Fasnacht Parade" has a nifty mask reward waiting at the end of it, provided players successfully "banish Old Man Winter." There will be multiple types of masks, and players will be able to trade with one another. The seasonal quest will be live on March 19. Other additions in the Wild Appalachia patch includes balancing heavy and energy weapons, better tracking of Challenges, and, at last, the ability to report players for inappropriate activity. A new PvP mode called Survival launches on March 26. Features coming later in April include a functional in-game camera, C.A.M.P. decorating, and player vending. And that's all just the start of the Wild Appalachia updates.
Fallout 76 has had up and down success with its updates. It finally scored a win last month after purging duplicate weapons, but that was after Fallout 76 players went into full revolt following an earlier patch.
Fallout 76 has long been starved for content; even its most adamant fans can't really dismiss that. But Wild Appalachia seems to be a sign that things are settling down and become more stable for Fallout 76. While the endgame at launch was weak, hopefully in the months to come, players will find better reasons to go back with this slate of updates. And if players need help on their return to West Virginia, be sure to consult our giant Fallout 76 guides hub.