The Fallout 76 update roadmap outlines plans for Seasons, a new Brotherhood of Steel story arc, and more.
This all-new Fallout 76 update roadmap is designed to illustrate Bethesda's plans for the game's future. As well as the implementation of Seasons - which will be available to all players from this summer - there will be a major rebalancing of combat in fall, while a brand new, year-long Brotherhood of Steel story arc is set to launch this winter. You can check out some official art for the Fallout 76 update roadmap below.
Seasons, which are first up on the update roadmap, are a new feature designed to replace the current Challenge system. They will be available for all players and are set to implement a new progression system to unlock a variety of items, including Power Armor paints, Atoms, and Perk Packs.
Seasons will also introduce a new currency - while the Challenge system rewarded players with standard Atoms, Seasons will offer them S.C.O.R.E. points, which can be used to advance seasonal progression.
According to an official press release, here's a general structure for Fallout 76 Seasons:
- Players will see a new option on the Main Menu that will take them to a uniquely Fallout-themed seasonal progression screen. During Season 1, this will be a Captain Cosmos-themed board game.
- All players begin at the first space on the board - Rank 1 out of 100. Advancing along the board involves acquiring a new type of currency, S.C.O.R.E., obtainable through the revamped Challenge system and other in-game activities.
- Challenges will be less complicated and easier to complete, typically involving activities players would complete by playing Fallout 76 as they normally would.
- Rewards are handed out at every rank, with bigger rewards the more you advance and at specific milestones (Rank 25, 50, 76, etc.).
- Players will have the option to spend 150 Atoms to skip ranks after the first two weeks of a Season. After two weeks, players can move ahead in ranks by spending Atoms as a means for those late to a Season a chance to catch up.
- Seasons will run for 10 weeks with a two-week break between the end of one season the start of the next.
The first Fallout 76 Season is due to kick off alongside patch 20 this summer. It's also worth noting that Bethesda is offering a free weekend for Fallout 76 this weekend, during which players can try out the game - plus the new Wastelanders expansion - completely free of charge.
Also, Fallout 76 is getting pets.