Fallout 4 DLC release date, price, features, gameplay and screenshots: Fallout 4 ‘Automatron’ DLC out now. Plus: Fallout 4 Survival Mode PC beta coming next week

Fallout 4 was released in November, 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 three exciting DLC releases – one of which is out now. And it says the Survival Mode PC beta is coming next week. Find out everything we know so far about the Fallout 4 DLC including its release date, price and features.

Fallout 4 DLC release date: When is Fallout 4 DLC coming out?

Bethesda has announced that it will be releasing three DLC add-ons in the coming months, with the first out this month.

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:

The second DLC add-on, which should arrive just one month later in 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.”

The biggest update, which will cost £19.99, is called Far Harbor and is expected in May.

“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.

Bethseda will be taking to the stage at E3 2016 on 12 June for its own press conference, and there we might get an insight into even more DLC, as Bethesda has said that the three add-ons revealed above are “only the beginning.”.

Last year, Bethesda’s E3 conference showcased multiple game reveals, too. We’ll update this article when we know more, and bring you news on how you can tune in live nearer the time.

Ahead of the reveal of the Fallout 4 DLC, players had spotted clues throughout the game with hints about what was to come. Fans had done a little (see: a lot) of digging both in the game and its data to find any potential clues; and something has been found. One Redditor scoured the ocean floors of Fallout 4 for hours until he stumbled across a dome – the only one of its kind anywhere in the game, and it seems a bit randomly placed for it to be a piece of scenery. I mean, what’s the point in putting it somewhere where only a small fraction of gamers will come across it?

As well as the discovery of the dome, gamers have also stumbled across a particular gun that may give us a clue to the theme of the DLC – a harpoon gun. It was first spotted by modder xxdeathknight72xx when searching through the Fallout 4 PC files, and can be seen fully working in the below video:

All this, plus NPCs in-game talking about the “Ghoul Whale” and how it’s real, that it haunts the depths and that it’s called Ol’ Peg pointed towards underwater-themed DLC on the way for Fallout 4 players.

Fallout 4 UK price: How much does Fallout 4 cost? Where to buy Fallout 4

If you’ve yet to buy Fallout 4, you’ll find it available for PS4, Xbox One and PC. GAME is currently selling it for £29.99 on PS4 and Xbox One, and £24.99 on PC.

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 Gamespotthat 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.

Fallout 4 Pip-boy Edition

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

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’.