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Fallout 76: Wastelanders Trailer Teases Long-Awaited Feature

Fallout 76 has had a bit of a checkered history since its release, to put it mildly. The game launched in a state that was extremely displeasing to fans of the action RPG franchise. Perhaps the strangest thing of all was the game's total lack of NPCs

That's where the latest update to Fallout 76 comes in. The trailer for Fallout 76: Wastelanders doesn't waste any time (pun entirely intended) in showing off just how much more populated the apocalypse has become. That's right: the NPCs have finally arrived in force.

The Wastelanders trailer shows us an uncertain world, full of settlements that aren't sure whether or not they can trust each other. We see several different factions from the games represented, including what appear to be Raiders and Minutemen. The trailer also teases that there's more to this sudden arrival of new characters.

"There's something in the mountains," we are warned. Sure enough, the people of the wastelands appear to be up against some new threat, as evidenced by the radioactive creatures attacking toward the very end of the trailer. 

We also finally get a new release date for Wastelanders: we'll have to wait until April 7 to find out what horror has brought these survivors together.

Fallout 76 will finally feel lived in

With Wastelanders, it seems like Bethesda is trying to address at least some of the issues that players have had with the game's empty environments. Sure, there were monsters to fight and robots to buy goods from, but one of the most memorable aspects of the Fallout series is the colorful cast of characters that can be met in your journey through the wasteland.

The most human interaction you could expect from Fallout 76 previously came from other players, and they were more likely to call you terrible names or grief you.

The addition of these NPCs seems like a great way for Fallout 76 to officially introduce new types of missions and encounters within the world of the game. Hopefully Wastelanders will go a long way toward making Fallout 76 feel more like the series that fans know and love.