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The Real Reason Fans Are Excited To Play Fallout 76 Again

The West Virginia wasteland in Fallout 76 is an anarchic place with savage raiders, murderous super mutants, and gigantic bugs, but one organization can bring order to the chaos: the Brotherhood of Steel, according to a new Fallout 76 trailer. That's right — Bethesda announced today that the techno military group is entering West Virginia via the Steel Dawn update. The iconic soldiers known for their power armor and advanced weaponry are coming to "reclaim the Wasteland" in early December and it's free for all Fallout 76 players.

A description for the "Recruitment" trailer shines more light on the upcoming addition to the multiplayer world of Fallout 76. The inhabitants of Appalachia will be greeted by Paladin Leila Rahmani and her Brotherhood of Steel troops as they establish a new chapter in an unknown wasteland. The Brotherhood will form friendly and antagonistic relationships with different Appalachia factions.

Bethesda also teased some of the story elements that Steel Dawn will introduce. The player can be recruited into the Brotherhood and take advantage of its high tech weaponry, and can "join in [the Brotherhood's] mission to rebuild society and aid in securing valuable technology." It seems the plot could revolve around finding powerful weaponry that will have drastic effects on Appalachia — this is where the classic Fallout moral conundrum might once again surface.

Speculation aside, one thing seems certain: the Brotherhood will populate Appalachia with new settlements and NPCs to talk to.

The brief trailer flashed banners that said "discover the power of the Brotherhood, together we will reclaim the wasteland," and "ad victoriam," the Brotherhood's catch phrase. It also painted the Brotherhood of Steel in a heroic light by showing a soldier save a wastelander from a super mutant attack. After this, it showed a group of soldiers walking toward the camera as bombs rained down on the RobCo Research Center. There was also a clip of some soldiers taking on a behemoth and a glimpse at what might be a new settlement.

The presence of the Brotherhood of Steel could mean many things based on the trailer. It showed the heroic and terrorist sides of the organization back to back, illustrating the complex persona of the iconic group. Twitter users expressed their thoughts on the controversial faction in the replies of the announcement. One fan expressed resentment over the way the faction grew, stating, "I liked it more when the Brotherhood of Steel was a small organization dedicated to preserving dangerous technology. Now they are just the generic stormtrooper army." Another fan said, "not only did their predecessors burn the world to ashes but since when was protecting the wasteland in their interest."

It appears fans are excited about the Brotherhood of Steel's addition to Fallout 76 and are eager to discover how the group will be represented. The announcement tweet received lots of replies from excited fans, perhaps because the Brotherhood of Steel is a classic Fallout faction.

The Brotherhood of Steel has been around since the first Fallout in 1997, and has made an appearance in every subsequent Fallout game since. The group is usually intertwined with a major questline. In Fallout 4, for example, The Brotherhood is one of the many factions the player can side with. The bulky armor and large gas masks worn by the members are also iconic symbols for the Fallout franchise, usually prominently featured in a Fallout game's cover art.

Prior to this announcement, players could wear the Brotherhood power armor in Fallout 76, and there were some quests referencing the organization. The faction never entered Fallout 76 in a big way, however, until now.

The Brotherhood of Steel's introduction is part of Bethesda's roadmap for the game, which initiated significant changes to the multiplayer experience. Fallout 76 was a disappointment for many fans, but Bethesda has kept it alive by continually updating the game. The biggest change came with the Wastelander's expansion. This addition brought NPCs to the once barren map and introduced two new competing factions. It even added a main questline that starts from the beginning of the game. On top of that, it brought choice and reputation back to the Fallout universe.

It looks like Steel Dawn will be another major update to Fallout 76 that will add more content to this ever-growing multiplayer game. Fallout 76 players can access new weapons and gear when the first quest of Steel Dawn releases in December.