An overhaul to public events is coming in next Fallout 76 patch

Fallout 76 Public Events Feat

According to the latest blog post, Bethesda is improving the events system in Fallout 76 in the upcoming patch. After taking some player feedback, the developer has reinvented the clunky event system into the newer, shinier “public events.”

One of the major changes to events is that using fast travel to head to one will no longer cost you precious caps. Fast travelling to a public event in progress will be free. Which, of course, means you won’t have to waste time or money on joining an event that’s almost finished.

Public events in Fallout 76 will also come with server-wide announcements. Events are displayed as a large, flashy icon when viewing the in-game map. When highlighting the event, you will receive information such as the description, difficulty, amount of participants, and how long ago the event began. And again, clicking on the Join Event button to zip your wastelander ass across the map won’t cost you a pretty penny. During your fast travel trip over, the loading screen will include even more details about the event.

Fallout 76 Public Events

The map UI for public events will now provide even more information.


But that’s not all there is with the update. How public events function has also been changed. Dying no longer comes with penalties. Before, dying in an event caused you to drop all your junk. Now, death comes with a respawn timer that increases every time you meet your demise. So now you can keep trying to complete the event at no cost to your stuff.

You will now need to perform a certain action to begin a public event in Fallout 76. Instead of the event beginning once you get to the area, a timer ticking down will be displayed once the event appears. Bethesda provided some examples of said actions. For the Tea Time event, you have to turn on the boilers to get the event started. In the Heart of the Swamp event, you first need to track down the Strangler Heart. The reason for the change, Bethesda writes, to to give you and your team time to get ready.

Bethesda also provided a list of events that will become public events as soon as the patch lands. These include:

  • Campfire Tales
  • Distinguished Guests
  • Encryptid
  • Feed the People
  • Free Range
  • Guided Meditation
  • Heart of the Swamp
  • Jail Break
  • Line in the Sand
  • Lode Bearing
  • One Violent Night
  • Path to Enlightenment
  • Project Paradise
  • Scorched Earth
  • Swarm of Suitors
  • Tea Time
  • Uranium Fever

Fallout 76 patch 13 will go live on Sept. 17.

Cameron Woolsey
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