If there was ever a game that doesn't seem to be all that much in need of additional downloadable content and missions, then surely it would be Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 4This record-breaking post-apocalyptic RPG even narrowly missed out on the 2015 Game Of The Year accolade to CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
But here we are, four months on from Fallout 4's debut, and the first DLC pack — Automatron — is set for a March 22 release across PC, Xbox One and PS4. Read on for all you need to know about the upcoming release.
Official Trailer And Pricing
Bethesda recently released details of all three of the upcoming DLC packs as well as official synopses of each. But that's not all — there's an Automatron trailer, too! Check it out below.
The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!
If you're yet to splash out the Season Pass, worry not. All DLC packs are available to purchase separately. Automatron will run you $9.99 [USD], £7.99 [GBP] or $14.95 [AUD].
The biggest addition to this iteration in the Fallout series was the introduction of customizable settlements and this theme runs on into Automatron which, for the first time, will allow your Sole Survivor to craft and customize their own robots.
These robots will be built from scavenged pieces of the enemy bots you come up against on your search for the Mechanist, a robot-obsessed antagonist who you and Ada set out to take down.
Who's Ada, you ask? Revealed via the official Fallout Facebook page, Ada was a new companion introduced for Automatron and described as "your first new (and customizable) robot companion."
As per the trailer, Ada implores you to help it track down and confront the Mechanist once and for all, but she's (it's?) apparently not particularly optimistic about your chances.
According to Bethesda, Automatron will only be playable once your Sole Survivor reaches level 15 or higher. But unless you've not spent much time on the game thus far, we reckon most players will have gone far beyond that level by now. And if not, well surely there's enough main-game stuff going on to keep you amused in the meantime.
The new antagonist will be the Mechanist and his tin can Frankenstein army of pieced-together robots released into the Commonwealth — but for what means?
Certainly the Mechanist has a screw loose (heh), as judging from the trailer, he's on a mission to replace organic life with metal, suggesting that he's augmented his own body in the manner of a robot. Nobody tell this guy about the synths.
We've known about the new achievements coming with Automatron for a week or so now, as they appeared on Xbox Live alongside a 100-point jump to expand the Fallout 4 achievements.
The five new achievements coming along with Automatron are as follows:
Robot Hunter: 20 Points, Unlock 10 Robot Mods
The Most Toys: 20 Points, Build 10 Robot Mods
Restoring Order: 20 Points, Complete "Restoring Order" Quest
Mechanical Menace: 20 Points, Complete "Mechanical Menace" Quest
Headhunting: 20 Points, Complete "Headhunting" Quest
The achievements are confirmed across all platforms and will likely form the basis of...
According to Bethesda's Todd Howard, the Automatron DLC will include its own "little quest line" — presumably pertaining to the Mechanist and his evil robotic plans — but it's the robot building that the studio really put the work into:
"The first [DLC] Automatron has a little quest line and this Pokémon-esque 'kill robots, get their parts, build your own' [gameplay]. The robot building is really deep. It’s great."
The achievements show us that there will be at least three new quests for Automatron: Headhunting, Mechanical Menace and Restoring Order.
New Holotape Game
It seems we'll also be seeing a new holotape game coming along as part of Automatron, as Bethesda revealed a shiny new game for your Pip-Boy, entitled — Automatron.
All we've seen about the new mini game thus far is the above image. No news about what exactly it will involve, but in keeping with the DLC pack itself, it's safe to bet that it will involve shooting robots...