Fallout 76's Steam launch delayed a week due to coronavirus disruption

Yolanda Curtis
March 29, 2020

Fallout 76's Wastelanders update has been delayed by a week due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The news was announced in a new blog post by Bethesda: "Like others around the world, we're dealing with the critical situation that's now affecting so many of us and our communities". For the safety of all, we have moved to work from home and have limited our personal interactions.

"This has obviously changed the way we work, but rest assured that critical services for all our live games are fully operating", Bethesda wrote on Twitter.


Although it's a small bummer for those awaiting the update's release, it is just that: small.

They go on to express how they have done everything within their power to minimise the delay and they can't wait for everyone to play the expansion.

Bethesda also thanked those who had tested out Wastelanders on Fallout 76's Private Test Servers and thanked the "incredible community" for sticking with the company "through ups and downs".


We know that these are stressful times and we can not thank you enough for all the support you have offered us and others. The game was already pretty crappy at launch, giving fans a world no one wanted to explore that was also filled with bugs, and we don't mean the enemy types. The Wastelanders mode will provide for a much more traditional Fallout experience, with non-player characters to talk to.

While Fallout 76 has cultivated a dedicated player base since its launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018, it isn't almost as large as many would have guessed when the game was first announced, at least anecdotally.

It looks like NPCs and a new questline in Fallout 76 will be waiting a bit longer as Bethesda does remote work and final testing on the upcoming update. Players will encounter a pair of human factions: Settlers and Raiders.


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