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Fallout 76 Wastelanders Update Delayed Due to COVID-19

Another game impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
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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. 

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Bethesda Game Studios took to their official Twitter to relay the delay news: 

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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Liana Ruppert
With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!