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Fallout 76: Steel Dawn expansion gets a surprise early launch

Fallout 76 Steel Dawn
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The Brotherhood of Steel have arrived inFallout 76, and even earlier than we expected. That's right, the Fallout 76: Steel Dawn expansion that was due on December 1 has been released a week early. 

It's live now, in fact, on all platforms. Surprise! If that's not enough of a draw, the patch notes also state that penalties for hunger and thirst are being removed—now you'll only get a buff if you're well fed and hydrated.

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Apparently, an error this morning meant Fallout 76 players on Xbox were able to download the expansion ahead of schedule. Rather than mucking around with reverting their games back to the current version, Bethesda decided to just go ahead and release the expansion early for everyone.

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