Bethesda’s Pete Hines confirms that Fallout 4‘s DLC expansions will be released for all platforms at once, while the announced closed beta tests might not be announced publicly.
Months after announcing its plans for Fallout 4‘s DLC, Bethesda finally revealed the first three Fallout 4 DLC expansions yesterday. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement, the vice president of Bethesda Softworks, Pete Hines, has confirmed over Twitter that the team plans to release the Fallout 4 DLC packs for all platforms at once.
@GabeCounts plan is for all platforms at once. no exclusives— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) February 16, 2016
At a time when timed-exclusive DLC content is becoming more common for massively-popular titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Destiny, Bethesda’s DLC plans is definitely welcome news for every gamer out there.
As for the announced closed beta tests for all of Fallout 4‘s upcoming DLC expansions, Hines revealed that applicants who have been accepted into the beta will only know once the team needs them. While Hines didn’t state what criteria Bethesda will be using to select its beta participants, he did imply that Bethesda’s closed beta test may be kept under wraps and that a public announcement might not be on the cards.
@CopplerJacob I don't know if we'll tell everyone or just contact people we need— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) February 17, 2016
Today’s news about Fallout 4‘s DLC content and the planned beta test caps off an exciting few days for fans of the game. After months of wandering around post-apocalyptic Boston, fans will only have to wait until March before Automatron, the first of the three Fallout 4‘s DLC expansions, is released. The smaller scale Wasteland Workshop DLC pack will be available in April, while the substantial Far Harbour expansion will be available in May.
One notable piece of news to come out of yesterday’s announcement is the planned price jump for Fallout 4‘s season pass. Bethesda plans on increasing the price of Fallout 4‘s season pass from $30 to $50 in order to reflect the amount of additional content planned for the rest of the year. Needless to say, the Fallout 4 season pass price jump won’t go down well with some gamers.
But taking into account the announced DLC expansions, the upcoming closed beta test, and last week’s massive Fallout 4 patch, it all suggests that Bethesda plans on adding a considerable amount of paid and free content to the base game in order to justify the price hike. It remains to be seen whether all the planned content is worth the extra $20, but based on what’s been shown and announced so far, Bethesda can have the benefit of the doubt for now.
So until those DLC packs are released, gamers can either continue to roam the Boston Commonwealth for a bit longer, or sign up for the Fallout 4 closed beta test at Bethesda’s website and hope that the odds of being picked fall in their favour.
Fallout 4 is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.