The COVID-19 (or coronavirus) outbreak is still an ongoing infection that the CDC is working to get under control. In an effort to contain the spread, many areas around the world are under mandatory lockdown, which has disrupted daily life in almost every possible way. Among those disruptions is the mandate for many to work from home which has caused expected delays all over. The latest entertainment medium to be affected is that of the highly anticipated NPC inclusion with the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update.
Bethesda Game Studios took to their official Twitter to relay the delay news:
Wastelanders Release Update pic.twitter.com/h5Rxn359r4— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) March 26, 2020
According to their most recent update, the team decided that it was necessary to delay the game by a week. "Like others around the world," the statement opened up with, "we're dealing with the critical situation that's currently affecting so many of us and our communities. For the safety of everyone, we have transitioned to remote work, and are limiting our in-person interactions."
Bethesda added, "This has obviously changed the way we work, but rest assured that critical services for all of our live games are fully operating. However, this has affected our ability to do the final testing we need for Wastelanders, and we must move the release date a week, from April 7 to April 14. We've done everything we can to minimize the delay and can't wait for everyone to play."
While Fallout 76 players await the major Wastelanders update that brings on a completely new story fully equipped with living, human NPCs, they are passing the time other ways, as seen here with so many hoarding - and selling - in-game toilet paper. With so many in forced quarantine, it's pretty hilarious to see the various ways gamers are passing the time and really goes to show how much we, as a society, rely on art - in many forms - to carry us through trying times.
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