Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March

Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March

Robots, monsters, and mysteries are all coming to Fallout 4 as DLC — and the added content looks pretty sweet.

Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March

First, we've got "Automatron", which will retail for $16.95 and will have a launch window of March 2016. Per the Bethesda blog:

The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armour, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customise their paint schemes and choose their voices!

There's also the $7.95 "Wasteland Workshop", which sounds a little like Fallout 4's version of Pokemon. It will drop sometime in April 2016:

With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures — from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixi tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!

Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March

And finally, there's the $39.95 "Far Harbour", which gives you a new case to tackle with none other than Nick Valentine. Bethesda aims to release it in May 2016:

A new case from Valentine's Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbour, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbour, and at what cost? Far Harbour features the largest landmass for an add-on that we've ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armour and weapons. The choices are all yours.

It seems like price correlates with how beefy the DLC pack will be — the most expensive piece is the one that seems more story-oriented, which is appropriate.

According to Bethesda, these are just a few of the many DLC packs coming to Fallout 4 in 2016. In accordance, they're changing the price of the season pass:

Given the expanded DLC plan, the price of the season pass will increase from the current $29.99 to $49.99 USD (£24.99 to £39.99 GBP; $49.95 to $79.95 AUD) on March 1, 2016. However, if you already purchased the season pass for $29.99, nothing changes - you still get everything at no additional cost — the full $60 offering of add-on content for the original price of $29.99. In addition, if you didn't buy the season pass yet, there is still time: anyone who buys the Season Pass for $29.99 before March 1st will get all $60 worth of content. This is our way of saying thanks to all our loyal fans who have believed in us and supported us over the years.

These add-ons will even have closed beta tests, which you can sign up for here. Beyond that, Bethesda says it will keep updating the game with improvements and optimisations, and even gameplay additions. As you might have heard, an overhaul to Survival Mode is coming, and there are still plans to bring the Creation Kit to life for modders as well. Looks like 2016 is going to be a busy year for Fallout 4.

Oh, and there's some cool new artwork to go along with all of this, too:

Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March
Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March
Everything You Need To Know About Fallout 4's DLC, Which Starts In March


    I should get around to finishing FO4...

      Well, the message seems to be not to until all the DLC comes out.

      "Give us $17 and you can have a robot companion!"

      "But I finished the game a month ago, and $17 is a lot of money. Why do I need another companion?"

      "You can customise him! You can put hats on him!"

      "But I've finished the game. I don't need new compani..."


        Someone woke up on the wrong side of bed this morning

        if $17 is a lot of money for you I feel bads.

        I also however have not finished F04, got a bit bored of it tbh and it actually makes me sad :(

          Its about value for money, 17 dollars for a steak dinner isn't too bad, 17 dollars for a McNugget isn't a good deal.

            $17 for a few extra hours of fun is nothing.

      I should do that second mission to the main mission... Can't get into it at all.

    Does the season pass cover you for every single bit of DLC they ever release for Fallout 4, or just stuff they release this year?

      They stated at E3 that the season pass will cover every bit of DLC released for the game. Hopefully that holds true.

      I never usually buy season passes but I did for Fallout. That $30 is looking a good investment at this point.

      Personally even if it only covered those first 3 DLC I'd likely be happy with it.

      I've always found that the season passes for Bethesda games are always worth it. In my opinion Fallout 3 and New Vegas had some of the absolute best DLC runs of any games ever made.

    i don't know, only the last DLC interests me. The first two just felt... bleh

      The first two strike me more as added features, rather than a full-blown expansion, which is probably why they have the lower price point. They way I see it, even if you're only interested in Far Harbour, it's cheaper to get the season pass now than pay for the single DLC later, and you get the first two DLC's as freebies.

      Exactly. Im really disappointed, fucking robots and caging monsters? That should be a free update or mixed in with the last dlc. Dont wanna sound ungrateful but the first two are incredibly overpriced and disappointing. I wanna go to new orleans not build a 17 dollar robot

        It all depends on how the caging monster thing works. Might have to run a Mad Moxii build and try it out

    I haven't even bought FO4 and I'm tempted to pick up the season pass... that way, when the base game goes on sale when the DLC drops, I'll be ready to roll.

    Charging 2/3 the price of a full game for a 'new case from Valentine's Detective Agency' - that's got to be overpriced. I'm happy to be proven wrong, if it's 30 hours of content or something, but I'm expecting it will be 10-15 hours tops. This is the way DLC is going, and we've seen it with Warner Brothers' Arkham Knight DLC: overpriced and stingy on content. I wish they'd just raise prices of new games and stop being coy.

      The AU prices are a touch high, but that's what happens when the AUD was at US 68c only a few weeks ago. The US prices are $10, $5 and $25 respectively which is a lot more reasonable.

        I think $25 for a DLC 'new case' is really pushing it. The Witcher expansions were $10 and $20 respectively and offered 10 hours and 20 hours respectively. Bloodborne Old Hunters got a bit of stick for being $20 when the content was about 10 hours. It will be interesting to see how much content a 'new case' can give. I know there is meant to be a new area in the game made for the DLC, but I'm a bit cautious about the value proposition.

        DLC and season passes are out of control. EA's effort with Battlefront was the new low for me, although COD I guess has sold map pack season passes for a while IIRC.

        For single-player games, I'm leaning much more towards waiting to play the game at all until all DLC is out and/or a GOTY/Complete edition is available. At least that way there is a way to measure what you will get for the price, and has the added benefits of the game/DLC being cheaper as well as (usually) less buggy.

        Multiplayer games are a different story, but we all saw how Evolve tried to push that envelope and failed. Destiny has done OK with it's 'expansions' so far (i.e. not too much outrage) but it seems Battlefront is flagging on PC already.

          You've got no evidence to say how long this new content is. Its reportedly (in this article) the biggest land mass they've made for DLC to date. That at least suggests its going to be somewhat ample in content. Seems a touch early to decide that its not worth the money when you've got nothing to base that on.
          The 'new case' is clearly just the mission that takes you to that island. The overarching plot of the quest. Like point lookout was a mission about going to an island to find a missing girl, but develops into a conflict between a ghoul and a prewar brain. If one was to jude the content of Point Lookout based on the snippet of 'Travel to the swamp lands of point lookout and find a missing girl', then you'd similarly and incorrectly assume that is lacking on other content.

          I don't see the issue at this point. if it comes out and the content isn't there, then fair enough its a rip off. But significantly sized and appropriately highly priced expansions are hardly new to the world of gaming. If anything it would be a welcome break to have have DLC that actually has a wealth of content, and is priced accordingly, rather than these little snippets of costumes and bullshit that they keep shoveling.

            My problem is that they are asking you to trust them and pre-order the content based solely on the description. So long as there is no evidence to the contrary, looking at the worst case scenario as a possibility is reasonable. Big land mass doesn't mean rich in content. In addition, they are inflating the season pass price to MORE than the combined cost of the revealed DLC, and asking you to trust that you will be getting value for that money.

            To top it all off. These guys are in the business to make money. Better margins generally mean more money. What better way to increase your margin than by offering DLC for $25 which actually cost you $15 to make? No-one can call you out on paucity of content because the product doesn't exist yet, and on top of that you get paid up front before the product is even made. It doesn't get much better than that.

              I agree with points you both make.

              Bethesda definitely aim to make money, however I don't see why that's even a talking point?
              Everyone in the entire world (slight exaggeration) aims to make money. The way I see it is that these guys make highly entertaining content, and price it so that they make money, but so that it affordable at least, and we can enjoy it if we so choose. They've even given a heads up as to the increase in price for the Season Pass coming soon. Again, they've said why it's going up, it's reasonable to expect them to not have a fully laid out plan for all F4 dlc. Also if the content ends up being shit (not the case in the past), then I guess you won't buy the season pass for Fallout 5 right? So they might as well try to make it worth your money.

              Seriously if you don't have the money, don't buy it, if you don't want the content, don't buy it, but if you're up in arms because they're making $10 off a small bit of DLC then I'd frankly say who gives a F***. The money is at least supported the devs to an extent.

              If it cost you $15 to make then charging $25 is pretty reasonable mark up. Businesses need to make money after all. Wages need to be paid, etc.
              I agree that preordering is a terrible idea and we all need to stop it. The idea of it though is exactly that, trust them and hand over some cash for a discount, but risk getting screwed. You take some risk but can be rewarded with better value. Personally I normally avoid preorders like the plague, and wish others would too.
              We still have to see DLC 4 to know if its good value. If you don't want to take the risk, then you shouldn't, so don't. Preordering is hardly a new thing to be butthurt at beth about. Preordering for a particular bonus, in this case better season pass price, is hardly anything new. higher priced DLC/Expansion packs are hardly anything new.

              The smart thing to do here is to wait and see, and hit up a cheap key site later down the track for a better price. But you can save a few dollars if you just jump on it now. Up to the individual wether its worth the risk. Or hit up Greenman or similar now for <$40 season pass and save a boat load if you feel you're just going to buy it later anyway.

    Cut the arena in default game to stick it in DLC?
    Fucking weak sauce Bethesda

    Wow... US$40 for a DLC expansion. I wonder if that will flow through to an higher price tag on the eventual GOTY edition?

      That's the AU adjusted price. Considering you can get the season pass for $45 on PSN, I'd say that's great value considering you'll get the following DLC as well

    I know people have been stiffed a lot on DLC recently (looking at you Battlefront) but other than Oblivion horse armour Bethesda have consistently put out some of the best DLC for any games.

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      i wonder if our new robot companion will come with a horse armour option?

    I just want a DLC where everyone in the wasteland is passive or at least tries diplomacy before attempting to kill you. I wish you could negotiate with Raiders and Gunners for safe passage through their territories. Adding elements like a fighting ring, a decepticon and fight club is not interesting at all.

    That 30 bucks is a steal, I'm in

      That's 30 US. Here in Aussieland it's 40 roughly.


          Just checked on XB1 its $50... screw that noise I'll wait until they go on 50% sale on one of the annual 50% things. Happy to wait with the backlog I have!

            It's going up to $80-100, so 50% off won't save you much!

          See below, you can get it cheap as hell at GMG :D

    Eh. I might get Far Harbor. I have no interest in trapping animals and making them fight, at least, not in Fallout. The build-a-buddy expansion seems alright, but not $17 alright.

    Go to Greenmangaming.com

    Use the code: FEBURY-SVINGS-20PERC

    You can get it for $33.74 AUS.

    That is of course, before Bethesda jump it up to 70 bucks AUS in a few weeks...


    EDIT: They've been hit hard for Season Passes, and are currently out of stock but are assuring people they'll be back IN stock in 24 hours, and are still allowing them to be purchased at this price in the mean time.

    Last edited 17/02/16 10:37 am

      You the man, was early when I read brain hadn't caught up yet to consider the u.s. price, I'll be checking this out later, thanks

      Unfortunately for us console players the above is for PC format only...

      i can add gamingdragons.com as another reliable digital store with a bonus that they are small enought to have major publishers like 2k try and force them charge more to AU and NZ customers.

      Ive been using them every since 2k started bulling GMG.

    Sweet, has sold it for me :) Have put in over 5 days of in game time, and not even close to finishing the story yet lol

    Looks good but I'll probably have to wait several months before they iron out all the bugs - this is Bethesda afterall :P

    The gamble of buying the season pass last month is looking like it will pay off in spades.

      How do you figure that? I can buy it now for the same price you did, and at least now I know what I'm getting.

    I wonder what they're going to fill the remaining $15 of the season pass's so-called value with, when the Australian one is bumped up to $80.

      It's the same situation with the US one, the announced DLC only total $40 of the planned $50 price tag. Seems like they have another round of DLC on the way after the first three, just not announced yet.

      It's probably going to be a lot like FO3/NV/Skyrim. They'll do 2 or 3 storyline expansions, plus some odd little extra bits that add features and weapons/armour.

      We still don't know what's going on with all the water on the map and the harpoon gun someone found buried in the code suggests there may be a Bioshock-ish area in one of the DLC packs.

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