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