Those excited for Fallout 76 Wastelanders update (the one that should bring NPCs to the game) need to stay patient. Originally, Bethesda had plans to introduce NPCs in 2019 fall, however, that day was postponed. Yesterday, Bethesda has announced that the team needs a bit more time to polish the update which is now scheduled for Q1 2020.

Bethesda’s official blog post has more details on the matter:

“We’ve been hard at work on Fallout 76 this year, including our biggest free update yet, Wastelanders. We’re excited about how Wastelanders is coming together but it’s going to need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be, so we are delaying its release to Q1 next year. We’ve continued to re-evaluate and change our processes to make sure the work we’re doing hits our quality bar, and yours. We apologize for this delay but know it will be worth the extra time.

Wastelanders is turning out to be one of the largest expansions we’ve ever done, and it changes the entire world with human NPCs returning. We’ll be sharing more details over time.”

While the delay always sucks, we have to keep in mind that in game development more time means more quality and there’s a lot of incentive for Bethesda to make things right with Wastelanders expansion. Who knows, maybe this update will revitalize Fallout 76 and fix its core issues. We have our fingers crossed.

While you wait for the next year, you can still enjoy some new things in Fallout 76. Next week, Fallout 76 will get an update that brings private servers, a feature that was highly requested by the community of the game. And even though these private servers won’t be free, it’s still a great step towards a brighter future for the game.