Fallout 76 Offers First Look At New Skyline Valley Update

On April 18th, a public test server went live for Fallout 76 via Steam. Included was a first look at the upcoming major expansion, Skyline Valley. Fallout 76 has improved quite a bit since its first launch back in October 2018. When it was first released, it was vilified for its bugs, lack of content, and poor performance. Since then, Bethesda has released several major updates and stuck with it for those who wanted to see the game succeed. There have been 18 in total, with a 19th being released in June.

With the release of the Fallout TV show, there has been a major increase in interest in Fallout. Google Trends shows a spike in traffic coming since April 10th. The Fallout TV show gave a huge boost to several Fallout games, including 76, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and most of all, Fallout 4. With all of the games seeing more than double their daily average player counts on Steam.

The new Skyline Valley Update Expands the map with a whole new region. The public test branch that launched on April 18th, added a large portion to the bottom of the map along with a new public event called Dangerous Pastimes running every 20 minutes. The area is closest to the Dent & Sons Construction and Johnson’s Acre locations on the current map. Dubbed Skyline Valley, players can start putting down camps in the new area in the PTS. The new area is covered in red skies, clouds, and lightning.

One new location is called Makeout Point, a scenic overlook with cars near the edge. A propaganda leaflet can be found near one of the cars, “Learn the truth about America. Come to Camp Liberty to join the cause and rebuild the world together!”. There are also some weird NPCs found around the new area.

Bethesda Urges Players to See What Happens When Nuking The New Area

On April 27th, the event Dangerous Pastimes will be replaced by another called Fasnacht, as Bethesda tests changes around the event. April 29th will bring back Dangerous Pastimes and replace Fasnacht once more. Bethesda mentioned in a blog post, that they want players to test what happens when they nuke the region. Teasing some cool effects that may happen when fans launch nukes at the new spot.

There’s also a combat rework in regards to some enemies and weapon damage falloff.  The damage falloff changes are expected to smooth falloff damage for weapons that lose most of their damage right away when shot at long range.

Creatures getting balance updates include:

  • Angler
  • Cave Cricket
  • Floaters
  • Gulper
  • Mutant Hound
  • Protectron

To participate in the PTS, you must own a copy of Fallout 76 on Steam, open your Steam library, and install the “Fallout 76 Public Test Server”. 


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