Today must be December, because Fallout 76’s Steel Dawn update is now available to all players – or… did Bethesda accidently released the entire expansion a week early?
If you happen to play Fallout 76 on Xbox, the answer to that question is “yes.” Due to a error, Xbox players were able to download the Steel Dawn update a week early, although they couldn’t actually play it. Bethesda immediately noticed the mistake and, instead of rolling back the servers, decided to push Steel Dawn live across all platforms. A brief maintenance period brought down the servers while the update was published, and now all players can enjoy the new and improved wasteland.
“We’d like to apologize to our Xbox players for any confusion today’s issue caused, but we hope that everyone in the Fallout 76 community is as excited as we are to dive into Steel Dawn ahead of schedule,” reads the latest Fallout Blog. Honestly? There’s no need for an apology – sure there was a bit of confusion, but the Fallout 76 community is no doubt excited to dive into update ahead of its expected release of December 1.
Steel Dawn brings a lot of new content to the game. The big draw is the new Brotherhood of Steel questline, which will see you working with the iconic faction as they try to bring order to the wasteland. Along the way you’ll encounter new NPCs and have to make decisions about which factions you’d like to work for and against. There will also be a new S.C.O.R.E board and season beginning later this year.
Fallout 76 continues to thrive, despite getting off to a less-than-stellar start. At launch, the world of Fallout 76 was populated by nothing more than other players – making it a fairly boring place to explore. Fast-forward to today, and the game has a bustling community, dozens of unique NPCs, and various questlines to keep everyone engaged. The Steel Dawn update is looking to do more of the same, and you can check it out for yourself right now.
Fallout 76’s latest update is now available for download.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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