Lone Survivors of the Commonwealth, Rejoice! News has been announced by our digital Overseers of Bethesda!
Found HERE, we have the official announcement for the first round of DLC to be available for Fallout 4. From the article above, we will soon have access to three separate packs: Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, and Far Harbor.
Price: $9.99 USD | £7.99 GBP | $16.95 AUD
Release: March 2016
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!
Players of Fallout 3 may remember the name “Mechanist” from the side quest “The Superhuman Gambit”, where “The Mechanist” faced off against the “Ant-agonist”. This was a cheeky little sidequest where the Lone Wanderer had to decide the fate of either wannabe Super Hero or Villian. Looks like The Mechanist rises again, or at least someone taking on the name. If there is no “Silver Shroud” tie in to this, I am going to be very disappointed!
Price: $4.99 USD | £3.99 GBP | $7.95 AUD
Release: April 2016
With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to 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 nixie tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!
Hold up, I will be able to trap and train creatures from The Commonwealth and then pit them gladiatorial combat? OK, maybe it is because I am currently watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand on Netflix, but turning The Castle in to my own Ludus sounds epic! Additionally, the description mentions that we can battle against our current settlers, other NPCs in the Commonwealth, or is this a bit of multi-player action where we pit those who we’ve trapped against each other Pokemon style? I have reached out to Bethesda, but I am yet to hear a reply as of the date of this publish.
Price: $24.99 USD | £19.99 GBP | $39.95 AUD
Release: May 2016
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 at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that 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.
Looks like Nick Valentine is coming back in the fold. This time when we dig in to his old case files we’ll be headed off to Far Harbor (read: Separate Map) with massive amounts of Radiation. Oh goodie, a whole map’s worth of space akin to the Glowing Sea! Hopefully it won’t be quite as pervasive, since continuous consumption of RADs is not something that I’ll be looking forward to.
What will be interesting to see is how the Synths and the Children of Atom get along, and how much this narrative will mirror that of religious fundamentalism versus secularism versus atheism. The Children of Atom worship the very essence of radiation, while the Synths, being of machine construction, will probably want to harness the power generating potential of it. All the while the local townspeople, that of which I am expecting will be largely composed of Ghouls, will be caught up in the crossfire between the two extreme agendas. Thankfully we will also have the opportunity to obtain higher-level loot. This will be nice since there’s only so far that I can upgrade gear, even if I am currently using the strongest variant of it.
Just the Beginning
As stated towards the end of the Announcement, this is simply the first round of expanded content for the game. After this, there is an expected $60 USD worth of additional content yet to be completed and released. There is no current word or suggestion regarding the theme of future content, but I am personally yet to play an expansion from Bethesda that I have not enjoyed.
This round of expansions will be adding quite a bit on content. So much so, that Bethesda has also noted a hike in the Season Pass cost from $29.99 USD to $49.99 USD. That is a 67% price jump! While it still is being sold as a bargain since you will get all of the announced DLC plus the promised future content, this price increase was unexpected. Note that there is still time to purchase the Season Pass at the current price; the increase takes effect on March 1, 2016.