Bethesda has shared its current roadmap for Fallout 76 post-launch plans in 2019. Two infographics were released as part of the roadmap reveal. The first provides a general outlook of the year to come with three seasonal updates in the works: spring's Wild Appalachia, summer's Nuclear Winter, and fall's Wastelanders. The second graphic breaks down the Wild Appalachia update's content, including new quests, features, and a brand new Survival PvP mode.
As part of today's announcement, Bethesda also takes the time to admit that Fallout 76 has had a "difficult launch." Today's roadmap announcement marks 100 days since the game's release and Bethesda says that mistakes have been made along the way. But that the team is fully dedicated to Fallout 76, stating that this roadmap is just the beginning of what will be a platform "for endless Fallout adventures for years to come."
The Wild Appalachia season of updates officially begins on March 12 with the "Welcome to Wild Appalachia" event. Between then and May 23, Bethesda has 9 different updates and events planned:
- Welcome to Wild Appalachia - March 12 - A mythical beast, a lost generation of scouts, and the strongest brew this side of the wasteland.
- Brewing and Distilling - March 12 - Discover the secrets of the forbidden brew Nukashine and bring new brewing and distilling systems to your C.A.M.P.
- Fasnacht Parade - March 19 - Join the festivities and complete this new limited-time event to earn unique rewards.
- Survival - March 26 - This new game mode brings a higher-stakes PvP experience with fewer restrictions, increased rewards, and new challenges.
- Shear Terror! - April 9 - Uncover the 'encryptid' secrets of Appalachia in a new series of quests and encounters to separate monsters from myths.
- Player Vending/Camera - April 9/April 16 - Build vending machines for your C.A.M.P. and spend more time capturing your favorite snapshots using the new camera.
- Ever Upwards! - May 7 - Journey to the deepest reaches of the woods with new stories for the legendary Pioneer Scouts and a customizable backpack system for increased utility.
- Legendary Vendor - May 23 - Locate the mysterious Purveyor to exchange and scrap your unwanted legendary items for new legendary gear.
With the majority of Fallout 76's updates focused on improving performance and server stability, fans clearly have a lot of new content to look forward to in the months to come.
The Nuclear Winter season for Fallout 76 isn't given a specific date for its start, but will almost certainly begin in June. The three core facets of Nuclear Winter will be the new self-named game mode described as "an entirely new way to play Fallout 76," Raid Vaults 96 and 94 opening for high-level players to explore, and the new Legendary Players prestige system that introduces a post-level cap progression system featuring new and powerful abilities.
While little has been said about this fall's Wastelanders season of updates, Bethesda does describe it as its "biggest and most ambitious update" yet. It will include a new main questline, new factions, and more. The teaser images appear to show players robbing a vault, gathering for a combat event, and what looks to be taming a robot. There's obviously plenty left for Bethesda to share, but also some interesting ideas to stay excited about in late 2019.
Despite its struggles at launch, Fallout 76 development continues forward undaunted. Bethesda states the players are averaging four hours of playtime a day and that it plans to continue building an experience worthy of its playerbase. And its roadmap clearly shows just what they mean by that.
Fallout 76 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.