Fallout 76 may have had one of the most disastrous launches in video game history, but that doesn’t mean that Bethesda is giving up on it, as they have just announced a whole year’s worth of free content that will be coming to the game in 2019.
A lot of game companies have taken up the practice of releasing infographics known as roadmaps, which detail all of the free and paid content that is coming to a game over a specific timeframe, with titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront II having roadmaps that explain all of the DLC that will be available in 2019. Bethesda has decided to go the same route and has released a content roadmap for Fallout 76 on the one-hundred-day anniversary of its release.
The Fallout 76 roadmap has revealed three major content updates - Wild Appalachia, Nuclear Winter, and Wastelanders. Wild Appalachia new quests, a storyline involving a group known as the Pioneer Scouts, the ability to scrap Legendary gear in exchange for new items, a brewing & distilling mechanic, new features for your C.A.M.P., a seasonal event in the form of a Spring festival, and a new Survival mode.
Nuclear Winter will add the Nuclear Winter mode, the ability to go on high-level raids in Vault 94 and Vault 96, and the ability for level fifty players to become Legendary characters, which gives them access to new abilities.
Wastelanders is the most mysterious of the new updates, with Bethesda only stating that it will include new events, new factions, new features, and new quests, without giving any more details.
It would have been tempting for Bethesda to write off Fallout 76 as a lost cause, due to the shocking state of the game at launch and the negative feedback it has received, as well as all the controversies that have happened since it was released. If Bethesda had abandoned Fallout 76, then it would have destroyed their reputation and would hinder their releases going forward, which means that it's in their best interests to stick it out with Fallout 76 and try and make the best of what they have released so far.
It's not impossible for Fallout 76 to become a great game one day. Final Fantasy XIV also had a terrible launch, but the game was updated to the point where it has become one of the best modern MMOs, so it's possible that Fallout 76 could also reinvent itself over time.
The first major content update for Fallout 76 will be Wild Appalachia, which is due to be released in Spring 2019, while Nuclear Winter is due in Summer 2019, and Wastelanders is due in Fall 2019.