Behold! The first Fallout 4 DLC, and why you need to buy a season pass now
Let’s assume by now that you have already spent an uncomfortable amount of time wandering around Fallout 4’s Commonwealth, righting wrongs, punishing evildoers, and possibly unleashing a fresh new hell on Earth (depending on your choices). Prepare to add to that total.
From Easter eggs to seemingly endless quests, the game has a lot to offer as is. Soon, however, you’ll need to once again say goodbye to your friends and loved ones, make sure the pets have enough food for a few days, and let work know you have a mild-but-extremely-contagious version of the plague.
Once you’ve done that, prepare for more Fallout 4.
Bethesda confirmed that there are at least three pieces of DLC on the way, beginning in March with Automatron. That will be followed in April with the “Wasteland Workshop” add-on, and then in May it will release Far Harbor.
The first, Automatron, adds new quests and mods. Here’s the official description:
The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!
It will be available in March, although an exact date wasn’t given. A price was though: Automatron will run you $9.99, or you can get it as part of the Season Pass.
By the way, Bethesda is upping the price of that Season Pass from $29.99 to $49.99 beginning on March 1, so you may want to act now. The reason for the increase is apparently that there is more DLC on the way throughout 2016, more than $60 worth – at least according to Bethesda.
The second DLC is an add-on titled “Wasteland Workshop,” and it costs $4.99. It seems to be more in-line with new designer tools than additional missions. It will be available in April.
Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixi tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!
It will be nice to be able to further customize your settlement, but it will be interesting to see if the console version will still have a limit on number of objects you use in creating those settlements.
And finally, the third release is true DLC in the traditional sense. Far Harbor will run $24.99, and it will be available in May.
And props to the Bethesda design team for the Hardy Boys-esque artwork.
A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that at we’ve ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.
If the new DLC apes some of Bethesda’s previous DLC – especially those for Fallout 4 and Skyrim – it promises to be fairly massive, filled with new locations, quests, and items.
Bethesda will offer a closed beta on console and PC for each of the three DLCs. If you want to try them out, you’ll need to sign up, but that doesn’t guarantee you a spot.
If you are chosen, you will receive the full DLC, including achievements/trophies (it will, presumably, also come with a massive day one update to correct the issues the beta uncovered). Once the DLC is officially released, the beta will become the proper add-on, meaning you’ll won’t have to start over. If selected, you will also get the beta – and therefore the proper DLC – for free.
Bethesda is also promising more free updates, a survival mode, and the creation kit that introduces mods. If Fallout 4 was any indication, there will be plenty more DLC on the way as well.