Fallout fans will finally get their hands on Fallout 4 in November. However, Bethesda says that they plan to keep adding to the post-apocalyptic RPG well after its initial launch.
Like previous Bethesda Game Studios releases Fallout 3 and Skyrim, Fallout 4 will receive several post-launch DLC packs. Bethesda was pretty vague about what we could expect from these addons in today's announcement. They did confirm that F4 owners can buy a Season Pass to get all these DLC packs at once, though:
We've always done a lot of DLC for our games. We love making them and you always ask us for more. To reward our most loyal fans, this time we’ll be offering a Season Pass that will get you all of the Fallout 4 DLC we ever do for just $30. Since we’re still hard at work on the game, we don’t know what the actual DLC will be yet, but it will start coming early next year. Based on what we did for Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim, we know that it will be worth at least $40, and if we do more, you'll get it all with the Season Pass.
Bethesda says that they plan to release a steady stream of free updates as well. These updates will correct bugs but also introduce new features. They point out that post-launch updates for Skyrim added a raft of new features including mounted combat, kill cameras and legendary mode. They haven't nailed down what Fallout 4's free new features will be but say they'll be listening to player feedback.
Early next year, the studio will also release the Fallout 4 Creation Kit for PC. This toolset is the same one that Bethesda is using to build the game's world. Armed with the Creation Kit, players will be able to create and share mods. Although only PC gamers can use these tools, mods will also be released on Xbox One and PS4 in time. Bethesda didn't mention when mods would come to consoles, but did say Xbox One will get them first. It's also unclear right now whether console gamers will just be able to download a curated collection of mods or whether they'll have full access to all mods published on PC.
Fallout 4 is set in the Commonwealth, the area known as Massachusetts before the nuclear war. After emerging from an underground vault, players can recruit allies to help them take down bandits, mutated creatures and other dangers of the wasteland. Bethesda says that the game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay, thanks in part to the new building system. Expect the game to hit stores worldwide on November 10th.