The same Fallout 76 (opens in new tab) Reddit AMA (opens in new tab) that unveiled the possibility of full-fledged pets (opens in new tab) coming to the game also contains teasers for several upcoming updates and features, including possible Brotherhood of Steel content.
Project lead Jeff Gardiner and lead designer Ferret Baudoin answered dozens of questions submitted by the Fallout 76 community, and while many responses deal with minor fixes here and there, the two snuck a few big-picture teases into the mix. Here's a roundup of the biggest things we learned:
- It sounds like a new friendly Mole Miner character is coming next month. Gardiner says (opens in new tab) there's a new Mole Miner in the next big patch, and I'm assuming this will be more like Purveyor Murmrgh rather than a new type of hostile Mole Miner.
- The Wendigo Colossus introduced in Wastelanders will star in a new event coming this summer (opens in new tab).
- The Brotherhood of Steel may play a more direct role in a far-off piece of DLC, or perhaps a smaller update. Gardiner says (opens in new tab) "the Brotherhood is now watching the wasteland of West Virginia very closely," so perhaps as the Appalachian wasteland develops alongside its new residents, the Brotherhood's interest in the region will increase.
- The elusive Marine combat helmet will be added to the game as a craftable "very soon." (opens in new tab)
- Bethesda is looking into a more robust skill respec system, and hopes to "tackle this in the coming months." (opens in new tab)
- The Gold Bullion economy will remain unchanged. "The end game loot for Wastelanders isn't meant to be a tradable commodity," Baudoin says (opens in new tab). "This is meant to be something that you personally do."
- Wastelanders is the big NPC blowout, but future Fallout 76 updates and expansions will also include "NPCs, storylines, new companions, etc" according to Gardiner (opens in new tab).
Wastelanders is a huge overhaul (opens in new tab) that shows Bethesda is ready to do whatever it takes.