Bethesda has shared the first details about its next update for Fallout 76, titled Ever Upwards.
The upcoming update will introduce a new faction to the game called The Pioneer Scouts, who are expanding their recruitment pool to people of all ages due to a lack of numbers following the Great War.
“The intrepid Pioneer Scouts have a long history of inspiring the children of Appalachia to strive ‘ever upwards’ on missions of self-improvement and the betterment of their communities,” Bethesda explains. “However, a lack of interested children in the wake of the Great War has caused active scout numbers to dwindle. So, the Pioneer Scouts are taking their philosophy of inclusivity to a whole new level by accepting recruits of all ages.”
Players will start off as a Tadpole and will need to complete activities that demonstrate the core values of group to earn badges. These badges can be traded in at Pioneer Scout vending machines for new themed loot. Once players have progressed to the rank of Possum, they will be able to earn their first backpack, a new feature being added in this update.
Backpacks can be equipped by players to increase carry weight. Each backpack can be upgraded with one of several modifications that will increase carry capacity, add armor plating, add a refrigeration unit to keep food fresh for longer, and more.
“Your backpack will remain visible over your outfits and armor, and while you won’t be able to see it while wearing Power Armor, you will still benefit from its carry weight bonus and the current utility mod you’ve applied,” Bethesda adds. “Additionally, whenever you learn a new backpack mod it will apply to all types of backpacks you can craft, so you won’t need to re-learn mods every time you try out a different pack.”
The Ever Upwards update is due to release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on May 7th.