Fallout 4 was released in November 2015, and while the game offers hundreds of hours of gameplay with no level cap, people are starting to get a little bored. After all, murdering everything that moves in the Commonwealth and collecting scrap can become a little stagnant without the injection of an interesting storyline once you've finished it. But not for long, because Bethesda has announced a flurry of exciting DLC releases - all of which are out now, with VR support for the HTC Vive being added in 2017. And Nvidia has created the free mod Vault 1080 with a complete new area to explore - and amazing graphics (if you have a powerful enough graphics card). Find out everything we know so far about the Fallout 4 DLC including its UK release date, price and features. Want more game news? Find out about some of the best upcoming games of 2016.
Updated 5 September 2016 with info about Vault 1080.
Fallout 4 Vault 1080: Nvidia's free mod and DLC
Created by Nvidia, Vault 1080 is essentially both a mod and DLC. Installed like a mod, it gives the game incredible lighting and shadow effects (see below for Vault 1080's graphics card requirements) and opens up a new area to explore.
The mod gives evenings and early mornings a beautiful misty haze - and makes the nighttime and the insides of the Museum of Witchcraft, for example, very creepy indeed. The outlines of characters and objects can block lights, which can make a horde of ghouls running at you along a corridor a terrifying experience.
To make the most of these effects, Nvidia's Lightspeed Studio has created a new area with a ruined church surrounded by misty marshland, with tunnels underneath containing horrific - well, you'll just have to play for youself to find out.
Fallout 4 Vault 1080: How to download and install Vault 1080
To get Vault 1080 working, you'll need the PC version of Fallout 4. From the main menu, go to Mods. Search for Vault 1080 and the press install.
Note that this is technically an unofficial mod - so you won't get any achievements while playing it.
Fallout 4 Vault 1080: Can I play it and what graphics card do I need?
As you'd guess from the name, Vault 1080 has been created by Nvidia to show off the capabilities of its new graphics cards, the Nvidia GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060. However, it's possible to play it on less powerful hardware if you just want to explore the Vault itself - you just have to turn the graphics options down. Read: Best Graphics Card 2016.
Vault 1080 isn't available for the Xbox One or PS4 versions of Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 VR: Bethesda announces VR support for HTC Vive at E3 2016
Bethesda recently took to the stage at E3 2016 and showcased a range of news in the form of existing game updates, as well as showing off footage from upcoming blockbuster games. The company showcased new Dishonored 2 gameplay, announced the Prey reboot and even a remastered Elder Scrolls game due out later this year. However, for fans of Fallout 4 - and those with a HTC Vive in particular - the biggest news of the night was the announcement of Bethesda VR.
More specifically, Bethesda announced that Fallout 4 would gain VR support in 2017 with the SteamVR-enabled HTC Vive. No more details were given beyond that, leaving VR gamers with a flurry of questions - will it use the Vive controllers? How will you traverse the map? How will the developers deal with motion sickness when being knocked to the ground, etc? While we don't have many answers for you at this time, we'll update this section with more information as soon as we see it.
Fallout 4 DLC release date: When is Fallout 4 DLC coming out?
Bethesda announced that it would release three DLC add-ons in the months following the release of Fallout 4, with the first launching back in March.
Fallour 4 DLC: Automatron
The first is called Automatron, which was released on 22 March 2016 on all platforms and costs £7.99. It adds robots into the open world that'll drop parts when defeated, and the Wanderer can use these parts to build a completely new companion.
"The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain," reads Bethesda's website. "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 customise their paint schemes and choose their voices!"
You can find a trailer for the Automatron DLC here:
Fallout 4 DLC: Wasteland Workshop
The second DLC add-on, which arrived one month later on 12 April, is called Wasteland Workshop. This is a slightly smaller add-on that'll cost £3.99 if you buy it individually, and will introduce a way for players to design and set cages to capture live creatures.
"Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers," says Bethesda. "The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixie cube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more."
Fallout 4 DLC: Far Harbor
The biggest update, which will cost £19.99, is called Far Harbor and launched on 19 May. Its description reads: "In Far Harbor, a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?"
Watch the official Far Harbor trailer below.
"A new case from Valentine's Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths," says Bethesda. "Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?"
According to Bethesda, Far Harbor features the biggest DLC landmass it's ever created, and it will come complete with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. There is also new, higher-level armor and weapons.
The relatively small piece of DLC that launched on 21 June 2016 is called Contraptions Workshop, and enables Fallout 4 gamers to build complex machines for their properties. The creativity of the gamer is their limit, as the DLC allows users to create converyer belts, scaffolding kits, track kits and even logic gates. It also offers the ability to build elivators, create weapon racks and even build a greenhouse - all for the small price of £3.99.
The results of the Contraptions Workshop are interesting to say the least. In the video below you can see characters getting put into stocks and having endless amounts of teddy bears pelted at them from machines.
Also check out this hilarious contraption which is a massively elaborate setup to fire paintballs somewhere you don't want to be shot at with paintballs.
Fallout 4 DLC: Vault-Tec Workshop
The DLC is focused around players creating their very own underground nuclear bunker. The expansion will also enable you to customise and even train your own inhabitants. The DLC will be coming out in July 2016 and will cost £3.99.
The final DLC in the Fallout 4 line is called Nuka World and is finally available to buy following a recent announcement from Bethesda, and will set prospective gamers back £14.99 - Steam users can buy the DLC right here, and those with the season pass will of course receive the update free of charge.
The new expansion adds a new part of the story mode which introduces new quests, weapons, characters and new raider enemies - all set in an amusement park. It boasts a selection of theme park games, and even full-on rollercoasters that you can ride - and with the ability to become a raider, this final piece of DLC may be Fallout 4's biggest and most impressive to date.
Bethesda recently released a trailer for the upcoming Nuka World DLC, which can be seen below:
Fallout 4 UK price: How much does Fallout 4 cost? Where to buy Fallout 4
Those prices above are for the standard edition of Fallout 4 but there was also a collector's edition. The 'Pip-Boy Edition' cost £100 and includes an actual Pip-Boy replica. It's designed to replicate the in-game device and comes with a RobCo Industries stand, custom-printed capsule, adjustable foam cuff, and rotating knobs and lights.
So eager were fans to get their hands on Pip-Boy it sold out, and Bethesda can't make any more copies. The company's marketing VP Pete Hines told Gamespot that its not because Bethesda is being tight with Pip-Boy editions, but because the factories physically can't make any more copies. You can still find the Pip-Boy edition from the likes of Amazon and eBay, but you'll pay above the original price for those. There also seems to be some left from GAME for £99.99.
You can even put your smartphone inside the Pip-Boy use it with the Pip-Boy mobile app to manage your in-game inventory, perks and holotapes. The Pip-Boy Edition also comes with a physical Pip-Boy Pocket Guide, a Vault-Tec Perk poster and the game comes in a Power Armour Collectible metal case.
Fallout 4: Gameplay
Update 15 June 2016: At E3 2016 Bethesda announced that the Xbox One and PlayStation versions of the game will soon benefit from being able to play with mods. The same way that PC gamers can play the game with mods enabled.
Let's talk gameplay. As seen in the below trailers, Fallout 4 is completely open world, allowing you and your doggy sidekick to roam and scavage the wastelands that surround you. The best part of Fallout 4 is that pretty much everything you come across can be used to build or modify either weaponry or your base, which you have to protect from other survivors.
Fallout 4: Player Freedom in a Open World trailer
For many Fallout fans, the downfall of both Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas was that once the game was over, it really was over, and you weren't able to head back into the wastelands and continue with your exploration. However Bethesda confirmed in a tweet (see below) that that isn't the case with Fallout 4. "To our fans who’ve asked: Fallout 4 doesn’t end when the main story is over and there is no level cap. You can keep playing and leveling."
The concept of an open-ended game like Grand Theft Auto or Saints Row is always great, as you can carry on having your own fun way after the official storyline has ended. However having no level cap is a bit of a strange move, especially for Bethesda. The company had a level cap of 20 in Fallout 3, which was boosted to 30 with the Broken Steel expansion pack, and up to 50 in New Vegas, after buying four sets of DLC. The fact that there's no level limit may open the door to some issues, namely with enemy balancing. What happens when you're level 1000 and you meet (for example) a pigeon? That pigeon would be scaled up to be a good enough enemy for you, but a pigeon with super-human strength might seem a bit... weird. But hey, who know's what's out there in that nuclear wasteland!
Several trophies explore social aspects of the game, such as allying settlements, recruiting companions and reaching the maximum relationship level. The final trophy, 'Prepared for the Future' asks you to 'Decide the fate of the Commonwealth'.