Bethesda Softworks (Bethesda) is reportedly making the Steam version of Fallout 76 free to users of the digital distribution platform. There is, to no one’s surprise, a catch: you’ll need to already own the game on Bethesda’s own launcher, Bethesda.net.
The game’s availability on the Steam platform comes just in time of the game’s next major expansion, Wasterlanders. Additionally, the expansion will be free and available across all platforms, including consoles. Bethesda also says that the expansion will be its most significant yet, as it finally brings in human NPCs for the first time ever.
Fallout 76 is a title that’s been mired with a wide variety of issues – and still is to a considerable degree – when it first launched nearly two years ago. To put it bluntly, the game was initially devoid of any practical content that gamers would’ve remotely considered as acceptable. To make matters worse, the game is still riddled with numerous in-game bugs and security flaws. That have compromised multiple accounts and the accumulated gear attached to their characters.
Fallout 76 and the Wastelanders expansion are slated to be available on Steam from 14 April onwards. For now, you can’t pre-order the game, but it’s likely that’ll change as we edge closer to the game’s launch date.