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Fallout 76 pulls a Cyberpunk 2077, is better than ever with 17 million players

Angharad Redden

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Fallout 76 pulls a Cyberpunk 2077, is better than ever with 17 million players

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It seems as though 2023 is the year of the redemption arc. With Cyberpunk 2077 finding its feet three-years after release, it now appears that Fallout 76 is following suit with recent figures showing it's garnered 17 million players.

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Despite a rocky start when it was first released in 2020, regular updates and the arrival of the expansion Phantom Liberty mean that Cyberpunk 2077 has gone on to become one of the most successful games in recent years. So much so that fans recently agreed it would have won Game of the Year if it was released today in its current state.

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Now, it seems as though Bethesda is following in CD Projekt Red’s footsteps with its 2018 Fallout instalment Fallout 76. When it was first launched back in November 2018, it was criticised for its game-breaking bugs, shabby performance, and lifeless world to explore.

Since then, Bethesda has been working hard on improving it. This included the 2020 Wastelanders update which saw fully voiced NPCs added to the game which became a catalyst of change for Fallout 76.

Now, five years on from launch, Fallout 76 sits at a “mostly positive” rating on Steam and it was recently revealed that the game had reached over 17 million players. The news was shared by Bethesda art director Jon Rush who posted a blog post detailing the Fallout 76 roadmap following the recent release of the Atlantic City - Boardwalk Paradise update.

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“Over 17 million players have experienced new Fallout tales and characters with Wastelanders,” he wrote.

Despite the good news, Bethesda is still not done with Fallout 76. Early 2024 will see the arrival of the Atlantic City - America’s Playground DLC which will include a new mission where players take on the legendary Jersey Devil. This will come alongside new quests, new areas, and more.

After that DLC, Fallout 76 will get an expanded map later in 2024 which will see the wooded heartland of Shenandoah added to the game.

Topics: Fallout, Bethesda, Cyberpunk 2077

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