You're stuck with robots until early 2020.
FO76 Wastelanders Wendigo

The Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 was slated to arrive later this year. With it was promised the addition of actual human NPCs to the game, not just a bunch of robot looking robots. Sadly, Bethesda announced today that the Wastelanders update had to be pushed back until Q1 2020.

The studio says that they "need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be." They apologize for the delay but say that "it will be worth the extra time." They're also saying that this will be one of the largest expansions they have ever done and that "it changes the entire world." That does sound like a meaty update for sure. Some new screenshots for the update were shared with us, which you can find below.

The devs also shared some new information today about a long-requested feature: Private Worlds. These private servers will be here as early as next week. This will allow you and your friends to have your own private worlds to adventure together in. This will also eventually lead to the ability to mod these servers, but it won't be in at launch.

Bethesda also noted some changes coming to in-game challenges, Atoms, and The Atomic Shop (the in-game store). You can read up on that below.

There is still zero word on when Fallout 76 will be released on Steam, something that was initially announced back in March.

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We love that there are so many types of players within Fallout 76, and one of our primary goals is to reward everyone, no matter how you play. This includes our approach to earning Atoms through Challenges and the types of items to unlock with them in the Atomic Shop.

Our approach to these items at launch was to keep them purely cosmetic. But after looking at all the data, it became clear that to consistently deliver content that keeps Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all, we needed to rethink our approach to the Atomic Shop.

While we had many ideas on what to add to the Atomic Shop, one of the ways was the direct result of the community’s feedback. We heard from many of you who wanted items with some real utility. Starting in April, we began adding items such as Repair Kits, Scrap Kits, the Collectron Station, and a working Refrigerator. These have since become the most popular category in the Atomic Shop. We’re also still working on all the previously announced itemsand new cosmetic categories.

We want to create an Atomic Shop experience where players feel good about spending their hard-earned Atoms.To make the system more fun and engaging for all players, we plan on reworking parts of the Challenge and reward system next year to be clearer, more fun, and more impactful for all types of players.

Of course, players can also buy Atoms, and we’re careful with everything we add to not upset the game’s balance. Our main objective is to avoid a situation where players can spend money to gain a competitive advantage or make the game worse for other players. Even more so, we want systems that allow players who do choose to buy Atoms to make the game better for others, not just themselves. With these principles in mind, we make careful decisions about the items we offer to keep it fair for everyone.


We still have a few more updates coming in 2019, including previously announced fixes to the existing game and quality-of-life improvements many of you have requested. We hope the extra time on Wastelanders will allow us to deliver many of these fixes this year.

We’re also still working on new events, the Legendary Player system, a public test server, perk loadouts, and so much more to come.