It looks like Fallout 76’s Wastelanders expansion has been delayed once again as Bethesda moves to work-from-home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bethesda, like many big video game developers, has moved as much of their operations to work from home as possible in order to stem the tide of the coronavirus outbreak. They join Bungie, Nintendo, Blizzard, and CD Projekt Red in ensuring their employees are protected from COVID-19 as best they can be.
However, it seems like the transition to work-from-home wasn’t as smooth as Bethesda would have liked. Although we haven’t heard of other delays, it seems like the upcoming Fallout 76 Wastelanders DLC has been delayed another week for “final testing.”
“For the safety of everyone, we have transitioned to remote work, and are limiting our in-person interactions,” wrote Bethesda in an official statement. “This has obviously changed the way we work, but rest assured that critical services for all our live games are fully operating.
“However, this has affected our ability to do the final testing we need for Wastelanders and we must move the release date a week from April 7 to April 14. We’ve done everything we can to minimize the delay and can’t wait for everyone to play.”
Given that Wastelanders has already been delayed by 5 months from its initial release window of November 2019, what’s another week?
Fallout 76 has been a colossal disappointment since its release in 2018. At last year’s E3, Bethesda acknowledged the game’s shortcomings by announcing Wastelanders, an expansion that promised to turn the empty world of Fallout 76 into one filled with characters, conversations, and most desperately needed of all, a freakin’ plot.
Wastelanders is said to have so much NPC dialog that Bethesda broke the bank in order to record it all. New quests, items, monsters, and NPC interactions promise to revive Fallout 76 as a sort of “soft reboot,” hopefully enticing Fallout fans back to the ongoing game.
Originally scheduled to release last November, Wastelanders has seen a series of delays that pushed it back into 2020. The latest coronavirus pandemic adds just one more week, indicating that Bethesda had most of it completed by the time state governments ordered business closures and for everyone to stay home.
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