Updated Thursday October 1, 2015
If you’re a fan of other Bethesda games like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls, then you’re already aware that the studio is notorious for pushing out lots of high quality DLC post-launch. Fallout 4 will not be the exception and Bethesda has already shed some light on what we can expect from them after Fallout 4 releases in November. In terms of pricing, loyal fans can opt in for the Fallout 4 Season Pass for $30. The season pass ensures that you can fetch all Fallout 4 DLC that Bethesda ever releases for the game. That’s not a bad deal considering the number of Fallout 3 DLC releases.
Pre-launch DLC announcements seem to strike a nerve with a certain segment of gamers, as it sends the message that resources are being diverted from development of the main game and perhaps contain features that should have been included in the core game at launch. Bethesda offers their rebuttal on this sentiment, stating that the game will receive FREE regular updates for both content and bug fixes starting on day one. Free bug squashing updates are a no-brainer, however, considering what they did for Skyrim (visual enhancements, kill cams, mounted combat, etc…) I’m excited to see what they’ll be able to add to the Fallout 4 wasteland separate from the extra goodies that come with the season pass and DLC. Bethesda has not offered any details as to what the DLC might entail. This leads me to believe that all resources are focused on finishing the core game on schedule and that all DLC/Season Pass activity will be strictly post-launch.
Speaking of bugs – they’re not always that bad – Skyrim proved they can be pretty damn funny:
Fallout 4’s $30 Season Pass is now available for pre-order on the Xbox One Marketplace. If you plan to play the next installment of the Fallout series on your Xbox One you can lock in your access to a lifetime of DLC for just $30. As an alternative option, the $90 Digital Deluxe Bundle is also available if you prefer to kill two birds with one stone and opt for a digital copy of the game.
Bethesda has been consistent with their message that no resources have been diverted to work on DLC, stating: “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.”
The studio also confirmed earlier this week that they will NOT be doing any exclusive DLC for a single platform. While Xbox is the first to offer the Season Pass (DLC) for pre-purchase, Bethasda’s Pete Hines hinted that PlayStation and PC owners should see Season Pass options for their platform soon. We will make sure to update this page once it becomes available for PlayStation 4 and PC.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) October 1, 2015
For those of us planning to play Fallout 4 on PC, the Season Pass is now available for purchase on Steam. You can check that out here.