Fallout 76 Finally Comes To Steam In April With A Free Update

Fallout 76 comes to Steam in April.

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Fallout 76 famously bypassed Steam when it released in October 2018, instead opting to launch through Bethesda's own launcher. The publisher has now confirmed a release date for Steam--and it's (relatively) soon.

Fallout 76 will debut on Steam on April 7 alongside the free Wastelanders update, which adds NPCs to the game. Bethesda is stocking the Steam store with the base game and the Wastelanders Deluxe Edition.

Additionally, Bethesda will sell the game's microtransaction currency, Atoms, as well as subscriptions to the Fallout 1st program, along with the Tricentennial Pack and the Raider and Settler content bundles (more on that below).

One important thing to know is that Atoms and Fallout 1st memberships for Fallout 76 on Bethesda.net will not transfer to Steam. Atoms do not move between platforms, but Bethesda confirmed that items purchased with Atoms will be shared across Steam and Bethesda.net.

Fallout 76 New Content Bundles:

Descriptions via Bethesda

  • Raider Content Bundle
    • Mine Car Planter – A small planter for your crops when no dirt is available (buildable in your C.A.M.P.)
    • Raider C.A.M.P. – Change the look of your Vault-Tec C.A.M.P. deployable to give it a Raider edge
    • Raider Stash Box – Raider-themed Stash box for your C.A.M.P.
    • Raider Faction Flag – New flag for your C.A.M.P. that show off your allegiance to Crater
    • Raider Pathfinder Outfit – Look like another resident of Crater with this outfit (includes mask and bandana)
    • Raider Conquest Loot Bag – Raider-style Loot bag, complete with skull
    • Raider Pillager Backpack – A Raider-style backpack
    • Raider Marauder Power Armor Skin – Unique appearance for your Power Armor based on the Crater Raiders
  • Settler Content Bundle
    • Garden Truckbed Trailer – A small planter for your crops when no dirt is available (buildable in your C.A.M.P.)
    • Settler C.A.M.P. – Change the look of your Vault-Tec C.A.M.P. deployable to give it a Settler appearance
    • Settler Stash Box – Settler-themed Stash box for your C.A.M.P.
    • Settler Faction Flag – New flag for your C.A.M.P. that show off your allegiance to Foundation
    • Settler Mechanic Outfit – Look like another resident of Foundation with this outfit (includes hat)
    • Settler Traveler Loot Bag – Settler-style Loot bag that looks like a travel case
    • Settler Relief Backpack – A Settler-style backpack
    • Settler Vigilante Power Armor Skin – Unique appearance based on the Foundation Settlers

Fallout 76 launched to a pretty rocky start, and Bethesda has been implementing several large content updates since the game's release in order to address player concerns. Prior to Wastelanders, Fallout 76 saw new quests added in Wild Appalachia, a battle royale mode in Nuclear Winter, and challenging team-based raids.

In GameSpot's Fallout 76 review, Edmond Tran wrote, "Bethesda has stated it intends to continue supporting the game for a long time, but at launch, Fallout 76 is a poor experience. There are echoes of the series' admirable qualities, but look past that facade, past the cute Vault Boy animations, past the familiar radio tracks, and you'll find no heart--just an inconsequential wasteland doomed to be nuked over and over again."

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