Fallout 76 Update 16 Countdown: Release Date, downtime, PS4, Xbox Patch Notes

fallout 76 is getting ready to drop it's next big update and as suspected Bethesda plans to bring some festive cheer to the game with some various Fallout 76 Christmas events.

The new update is scheduled to release on Tuesday, December 10 and Bethesda say they will be sharing "full patch notes" during the maintenance period.

However, ahead of time, we can give players a look at some of the many changes they'll be seeing across Appalachia and a rundown of when they can expect to see the update roll out across the various platforms.

So read on for everything you need to know for this latest Fallout 76 Update.

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Fallout 76 Update 16 – What time is it released?

At the time of writing Bethesda hasn't given any clear details about when they'll be releasing the new update. However, developers are creatures of habit and these updates usually tend to drop at roughly the same time.

With Update 14, Fallout 76 was taken offline for maintenance around 9:00 a.m. EST. With update 15, the game was taken offline at 10:00 a.m. ET.

The only difference here is the fact Update 14 was undertaken when the timezones were on EST.

So we can say with a certain degree of certainty that the game is likely going offline for maintenance at around 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10.

For those in the UK, that's roughly 3pm GMT in the afternoon.

Server maintenance normally lasts several hours, so we wouldn't anticipate the game coming back online until at least 5pm GMT in the afternoon, if not later.

What New Content is coming in Update 16?

Below is a list of all the main content changes coming in Update 16. That said, we suspect that plenty more will also be revealed when the games full patch notes are released later today.

MORE CHOICE IN NUCLEAR WINTER MAPS

Since the launch of Morgantown for Nuclear Winter, we’ve seen lots of requests from Overseer Candidates who want the ability to choose which map they’d like to play on during a match. We’ve seen lots of requests for this from the community, as well.

In Update 16, The Forest is returning alongside Morgantown, and you will be able to cast a vote for your map of choice at the start of each new match. Once the ballots are in, the map that received the most votes will be selected for that match.

As with any change to the Candidate selection process, ZAX is pretty excited to tell you more about this one, so keep an eye out for a new ZAX Transmission on Fallout.com in the next few days.

PRIVACY, PLEASE! NEW OPTION FOR PRIVATE WORLDS

Following some community discussions and feedback, we're introducing an option in Update 16 that will help Private Worlds offer a true solo experience, if you so choose. To do this, we’re adding a button to the Play Menu when you highlight Private World mode that will let you toggle between "Team Only" or "All Friends.” By choosing “Team Only,” just you and players you've already formed a team with can enter your Private World. Selecting “All Friends” works just like Private Worlds do now, allowing anyone from your friends list to jump into your Private World while you're there.

CONTRACT HOLIDAY CHEER FROM THE SCORCHED


Some of the Scorched throughout Appalachia are getting into the spirit of the season, and they come bearing presents! Starting December 12, whenever you spot Scorched dressed in festive attire, or hear their joyous jingle bells, it’s time to go on the hunt. Each “Holiday Scorched” you take down will drop a Holiday Gift for you to unwrap. Gifts can be low, medium, or high-quality, and may contain anything from a lump of coal, to rare plans and recipes. You’ll also get some wrapping paper so that you can craft a few Holiday Gifts of your own to share with your fellow Dwellers.

Holiday Scorched Event

  • Start Date: Thursday, December 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET
  • End Date: Thursday, December 26 at 12:00 p.m. ET

IT’S MAKING A LIST, AND PROCESSING IT TWICE

Ho! Ho! H—Who’s that coming down the chimney? It’s Santatron! For a limited time after Update 16 arrives, you will be able to claim a free Santatron bot from the Atomic Shop. Build the Santatron Station in your C.A.M.P. and the bot will roam the nearby area to collect treats for you, like candy, toys, and coal. Best of all, while the Holiday Scorched event is active, your Santatron will occasionally give you a Holiday Gift of random quality. Stay tuned for more details in next week’s Atomic Shop article on Fallout.com.

UNWRAP HOLIDAY COSMETICS IN NUCLEAR WINTER

Since our Halloween-themed Nuclear Winter challenges ended a little early, they are going to make a comeback in Update 16 for a limited time. All six challenges and rewards will be available starting December 11, and any progress you made toward them last time will be preserved.

That’s not all! You can also get decked out for the holidays and ring in the new year with a set of six new Christmas-themed Nuclear Winter challenges and cosmetic rewards. Starting December 17, a new challenge will appear each day until all six are live, and all of them will remain available until January 6. Here are the dates and times for both sets of holiday challenges.

“Nightmare Preceding Christmas” (Formerly “Halloween”) Challenge Details:

  • Start Date: Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm ET
  • End Date: Monday, December 16 at 7:00pm ET

Christmas Challenge Details:

  • Start Date: Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00pm ET
  • End Date: Monday, January 6 at 7:00pm ET

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Stay tuned for more details and official patch notes, later today.

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