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  • Fallout 76 has joined the Xbox Game Pass library!
  • Starting now, if you’re an Xbox Game Pass member, you can play Fallout 76, including the new Wastelanders expansion that brings NPCs and a brand-new main questline to the game.
  • Learn more about what Wastelanders adds, as well as the new Seasons content, here.

Fallout 76 has joined the Xbox Game Pass library! Starting now, if you’re an Xbox Game Pass member, you can play all of Fallout 76, including the new Wastelanders expansion that added NPCs and a brand-new main questline to the game. Explore Appalachia with your friends and uncover the secrets hidden in the mountains. Side with either the Settlers or the Raiders and make a name for yourself in the wide-open world.

Experience New Wastelanders

The Wastelanders expansion takes Fallout 76 back to Fallout’s roots with a deep dialogue system and unique NPCs, as well as a new main questline that pits two factions against each other, with you in the middle picking sides. As people return to Appalachia, a war brews between Settlers and Raiders, both of whom want control of the land for different reasons. The Settlers hope to rebuild and make a new, safer life for themselves, while the Raiders see Appalachia as their rightful territory and want to remove those would infringe on it.

Of course, how can you have a faction war without having a reputation system that tells you how you’re doing with both groups? The reputation system will help you go from stranger to ally or enemy, and you’ll even pick up some rewards along the way. Based on the choices you make and the actions you take, you can move through seven different reputation ranks, including Hostile, Neutral, Friendly, and more. You will eventually need to side with one faction over the other, but you have plenty of time to make your decision and explore both of their storylines before you do so.

Both factions have set up their own bases of operation – the Raiders’ Crater and the Settlers’ Foundation – and at these hubs you’ll find new quests, vendors, and plenty of people to interact with. But these aren’t the only places you’ll encounter other people. NPCs can be found all over Appalachia, in other, smaller settlements and even just wandering the wilds. As you venture through Appalachia and invest yourself in the Wastelanders story, you’ll even meet people who will become your Allies. Allies are special human NPCs that will join you at your C.A.M.P., defending it and offering you side quests and activities to participate in. Each Ally has a unique personality that can explore by speaking with them, as well as by completing the daily quests they offer.

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Also new to Fallout 76 is the Seasons system. Seasons are a new account-wide progressions system that overhauls the existing Daily and Weekly Challenges and gives you tons of opportunities to earn rewards. Our first Season, The Legendary Run, just kicked off and players are already racing their way around a virtual game board as they rank up and earn in-game goodies like Atoms, Perk Card packs, unique cosmetics, and even useful items like the Ammo Converter, which is an early reward that you can build in your C.A.M.P. and use to exchange unwanted ammo types for ammo you need. You can learn more about Seasons and The Legendary Run here, and get a look at what else is coming to Fallout 76 (including a new Brotherhood of Steel expansion) later this year here.

Group Up & Get More

We’ve also recently added a new Public Teams feature, making it easier than every to party up. All you have to do is open the Social Menu and find the Public Teams tab. This will show you all available Public Teams in your current world. You can also see the goals they’re working on, so you can find a group of likeminded players to buddy up with. Public Teams can have up to four members, so as long as there’s an open slot, you can just hop right in and join them. In addition to simplifying the process, we’ve also added team-based buffs that will vary based on the type of goals the team leader has set for the group and the amount of time the group members have spent together. You can learn more about Public Teams here.

Get a Head Start

New to Fallout 76 and want a little boost to help you get started? Pick up the Appalachia Starter Bundle. The Appalachia Starter Bundle contains Piper’s Outfit and Cap, 5 Repair Kits, 5 Scrap Kits, and 1100 Atoms to send you on your way. Grab the Starter Bundle in the Atomic Shop for $7.99 and start your adventure!

We can’t wait to see you in Appalachia!

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In Fallout 76: Wastelanders, people are now coming back to West Virginia. Two vying factions are struggling to gain the upper hand as the secrets of West Virginia are revealed. The Settlers have come to find a new home, and the Raiders have come to exploit them. Embark on a new quest for the Overseer, forge alliances with competing factions, and uncover the truth of what’s hidden in the mountains.

Source: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/07/10/fallout-76-available-today-xbox-game-pass/

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‘Pokémon Go’ gets AR Mapping tasks to enable more realistic effects

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Pokémon Go players may see a new tag marking some PokéStops next time they check the app. Niantic has officially launched AR Mapping tasks for level 20 Trainers and up, almost five months after the company announced that it’s launching the feature. When they spin a PokéStop marked with the “AR Mapping” tag, they’ll get a Field Research task that will require them to open the AR scanning screen and to explore the area.

Niantic first announced that it’s working on a PokéStop Scan feature back in May in an effort to improve Pokémon Go’s augmented reality effects. By getting players to scan locations, the developer will get what it needs to be able to create 3D maps of PokéStops. They can then use that data to make critters interact with real—world objects, so they can hide behind a tree trunk instead of just float in front of it. Niantic started testing the better AR effects feature called “Reality Blending” back in May, as well, though it’s limited to users with certain newer Android phones.

The developer says good scans last 20 to 30 seconds and keep the PokéStop in the center of the frame. It’s also encouraging users to walk a full 360 degrees around the location. Niantic Kids accounts won’t have access to the feature yet, even for level 20 Trainers — that’s most likely a good thing, since there’s still a pandemic happening — but parents will get the option to toggle it on in the future.

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AOC aims to get out the vote by streaming Among Us with pokimane and HasanAbi

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We are about seven months into a pandemic and just two weeks from a presidential election. At this point, surprises are a dime a dozen. So it should feel very 2020 that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is about to stream Among Us, the hit game of 2020, on Twitch alongside mega-streamer pokimane and political analyst HasanAbi.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday that she was looking for people to play the popular game with in an effort to get out the vote, noting that she’s never played before but that it looks fun.

Streamer pokimane, who has 6 million followers on Twitch and whose YouTube videos regularly see more than 1 million views each, responded to the tweet with a figurative raised hand.

HasanAbi, a very popular political commentator on Twitch, who has more than 380,000 Twitter followers, also chimed in to the conversation saying that they’re already making a lobby. It wasn’t long before Rep. Ilhan Omar raised her hand, too.

A good game of Among Us (imagine that someone mixed a fairly basic multiplayer video game with a murder mystery party) usually requires 10 players, so the other six players are still TBD. But the Verge reports that a handful of other streamers (such as DrLupo, Felicia Day, Greg Miller, James Charles, and Neekolul) also lined up to play with AOC.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the stream is all about getting out the vote. And this isn’t the first time that she’s used video games to connect with her followers. AOC opened up her DMs to all 6.8 million of her followers back in May to let them send her an invite to their island, and she visited them.

Millennial voters (and Gen Z) skew toward backing the Biden / Harris ticket, and AOC is coming to them by getting on Twitch and streaming one of the rocket ship games of this year.

The stream starts at 9pm ET/6pm PT and can be found here.

And you can check if you’re registered to vote here.

Update 9:01pm ET: AOC hasn’t even started playing the game yet and has nearly 250,000 concurrent viewers. 

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/20/aoc-aims-to-get-out-the-vote-by-streaming-among-us-with-pokimane-and-hasanabi/

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AOC’s ‘Among Us’ Twitch stream peaked at over 435,000 viewers

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About a year ago the campaign for Donald Trump joined Twitch to push promotional live streams, and tonight, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host her first stream on the service. Trump’s foray into Twitch streaming was curious after his administration targeted the same violent video games many Twitch viewers like to watch, while AOC’s previous interaction with Twitch focused on the Army’s attempts to use it as a tool for recruiting. Hopefully she can avoid a two-week ban for misconduct.

Ocasio-Cortez will be playing Innersloth’s breakout hit game Among Us with streamers including Pokimane. She plans to “officially declare orange sus” as well as encourage viewers to make a voting plan. Her new Twitch channel already has almost 250,000 followers, ahead of the inaugural stream that’s scheduled to begin at 9 PM ET.

Update (9:44 PM ET): AOC was an impostor in her first game, and currently her stream alone has peaked at 435,000 viewers, not counting people tuning in via the streams of people watching Ilhan Omar, Dr. Lupo or other players in the game. For context, that’s not as many concurrent viewers as Drake and Ninja’s record-breaking Fortnite stream that peaked at over 600,000, but it’s enough to be perhaps the third-most ever (per @FionnOnFire), with more than Dr. Disrespect’s February 2018 record of 388,000 and trailing Shroud’s Twitch return stream that hit 500,000.

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