After a bit of a delay, Fallout 76 players can finally begin the Wastelanders DLC later today and human NPCs will be available for the first time.
Players have begged for voiced human NPCs since Fallout 76's tumultuous launch as many felt it was lacking any personality. Wastelanders comes with a new story arch involving settlers and raiders, unique companions like we had in Fallout 4 and branching dialogue systems.
Wastelanders is free for all, providing you already own a copy of Fallout 76. For both PC and console players, you should expect a download size of roughly 70GB, so you might want to start marking space.
Hi. The Wastelanders update is significant, and it will require a full download of the game client. Download size for consoles will be around 70 GB and approximately 70 GB for PC.
— Bethesda Support (@BethesdaSupport) April 13, 2020
If you linked your Steam account to your Bethesda.net account before April 12 and got a free copy of Fallout 76, you can preload the game on Steam now. Purchasing Fallout 76 on Steam from April 14 - 28 will also net you a free copy of the Fallout Classic Collection, which includes Fallout 1, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.
For everyone else, Wastelanders will unlock at the times below.
Fallout 76: Wastelanders - Launch times across all regions
Downtime has begun and will continue over the next few hours, and you can follow the status of Fallout 76 here.
The first new story arc begins as soon as you leave Vault 76, with the latter half appearing when you reach level 20. You'll still be able to do everything you did in the vanilla version of the game, but you'll likely see a bunch of new human NPCs roaming around.
You'll be able to access Wastelanders at:
- 12:59 pm GMT
- 7:59 am ET
- 4:59 am PT
- 2:59 pm AEST
- 13:59 pm CEST
- 8:59 am BRT
- 14:49 am MSK
- 19:59 PM SGT
- 19:59 PM CST
- 20:59 PM JST
If you're just getting started with Fallout 76 you can check out our wasteland survival guide here.