The long-awaited reveal for Fallout 4 DLC finally arrived Tuesday. Bethesda Softworks made the announcement along with a few surprises. The first three add-ons to the post-apocalyptic role-playing game will arrive over the next three months. However, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners should expect more to come as the studio has expanded its DLC plans for the title that may encourage you to purchase the Season Pass right now.
The first three expansions for Fallout 4 range in price from $4.99 to $24.99. That’s an indicator of the scale of each. Perhaps the most interesting news is Bethesda is increasing the scale of its DLC plans with new adventures and features being added through 2016. The publisher is increasing the price of the Season Pass from $29.99 to $49.99 as a result, but not just yet. The new price will go live on March 1, which gives those who haven’t purchased it yet to save $20. Those that have already purchased the Season Pass will still receive all the content.
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Bethesda also plans a series of free updates to Fallout 4 over the coming months. Optimizations to gameplay and quests will continue to be released along with new features such as the increased draw distance on consoles. The studio is also working on overhauling Survival Mode to make food, sleep, diseases, and other dangers more prevalent.
News on the Creation Kit for modding in Fallout 4 is still scarce. Bethesda will only say that it is in testing right now and plans to reveal more details in the future.
The first DLC is scheduled to release in March and is titled Automatron. It puts players on a new quest to stop a horde of evil robots. Players will have the opportunity to play robot maker though with their own mix of parts and paint jobs. The add-on also brings the first new weapon in the form of a lightning chain gun.
The second DLC planned for April can best be seen as an expansion to Fallout 4’s Settlement-building feature. New design options will be made available for lighting, letter kits, taxidermy, and more. Meanwhile, players will also have the option to build cages to capture everything from Raiders to Deathclaws. They can be tamed or thrown into a gladiatorial arena that players build themselves for a fight to the death.
The third DLC is for those looking for an expansion to the campaign and will be released in May. Fallout 4 players will journey to the coast of Maine to navigate the conflict between the synths, the Children of the Atom, and the local townspeople. This expansion adds a huge new landmass to the game along with new creatures, armor, weapons, and more. As such, it is the most expensive of the three announced DLC releases so far.
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!
Wasteland Workshop ($4.99)
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 nixie tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!
Far Harbor ($24.99)
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.
PC gamers interested in trying out the DLC early can apply for the Bethesda beta program to try each add-on out early. Those accepted will be able to keep the add-ons at no extra charge.
Not mentioned in all of the DLC news is anything about vast areas of water in Fallout 4. Some dedicated fans have gone through the effort of exploring the game’s ocean only to find a relatively empty wasteland highlighted by a couple of structures. This led to conjectures that expansions to the game would take players underwater.
That doesn’t appear to be the case, for now. There’s reason to hold out hope with more DLC planned for the future beyond the first three releases covered above.
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