Here’s a look at the Fallout 76’s big new Locked and Loaded update

Still due on April 27

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It’s been a long time coming, but Bethesda is basically ready to launch the next big update for Fallout 76: Locked and Loaded.

Everything is good to go for April 27, and it’s been tested in the PTR for quite some time and is bug-free enough to launch. Let’s start with the new video showcasing the finalized features.

And here’s the gist if you’re not a video person:

  • S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Loadouts – Adapt your characters to every new challenge you face in Appalachia with S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Loadouts. After level 25, you can use a “Punch Card Machine” in your C.A.M.P. and at Train Stations to completely reset your S.P.E.C.I.A.L., change up your Perk Cards, and then name and save your new setup into one of two loadout slots.
  • C.A.M.P. Slots – The addition of C.A.M.P. Slots will allow you to build out a brand-new home in Appalachia without giving up your existing abode. We’ve also made significant adjustments to Display Cases and Vending Machines so that they’re more flexible when you’ve got more than one C.A.M.P.
  • Daily Ops Expansion – Featuring an all-new game mode, new locations, enemies, mutations, and rewards, this update nearly doubles every aspect of Daily Ops. 
  • Season 4 Begins – Team up with Armor Ace and the Power Patrol as they square off against Commissioner Chaos and the Yukon Five during Season 4, which introduces a new Scoreboard, 100 ranks to achieve, and tons of rewards to claim along the way. 
  • Mannequins – Are your outfits gathering dust in your Stash? Put some of your favorites on display for all of your C.A.M.P. visitors to admire with a set of male and female Apparel Mannequins, which you can unlock by ranking up this Season.
  • Aim Assist – We’ve added an Aim Assist toggle to the game settings so that players who use controllers can set their sights on enemies and stay on target a little more effectively.
  • World Activity Updates – Stay on top of all the action in your current world with updates to the World Activity Menu, which will now display active events, nuke zones, nearby player Vendors, and more.
  • Crafting Sliders – Forge a whole stack of items all at once with the new slider that will appear when you’re hard at work crafting at your Workbenches.
  • Melee Improvements – We’ve made some tweaks and improvements for melee and unarmed attacks so that your strikes ring true more consistently.
  • Treasure Hunter Rewards – Treasure Hunter Mole Miners are always uncovering new valuables in the Wasteland. Following the update, their Mole Miner Pails have the chance to drop some brand-new rewards during “Hunt for the Treasure Hunter” events.

So obviously the SPECIAL and CAMP upgrades are easily the highlight in terms of quality of life upgrades. Multiple loadouts should have been in at launch given the heavy RPG focus of the game, and the chance to build a new CAMP without ruining your own one will satisfy role-players everywhere.

But Daily Ops are the big focus as far as Bethesda is concerned, as it’ll let players soak up the world of 76 on a more regular basis, falling in line with a lot of other live service games like MMOs: providing players with constant engagement and rewards. Will it work? Well, it’ll probably be an upgrade from what existed before it!

Bethesda isn’t done yet though, as there’s more work to do throughout 2021.

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