Thursday, May 19, 2016

What’s New in Fallout 4 Far Harbor? Everything You Need to Know

Fallout 4’s third DLC, Far Harbor, is due to release today, giving players a pretty big reason to jump back into the wasteland and grab your Pip-Boy. Over 6 months since the game released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC to critical acclaim, Far Harbor aims to round off the third batch of DLC just as strong as Automatron started it. Although Wasteland Workshop didn’t bring the kind of content that would appeal to everyone, Far Harbor is set to put things right and give players an ultimate expansion to their Fallout 4 experience.

With so much promised from Far Harbor, we thought it would be best to give you a complete rundown on what you can expect when you finally get your hands on the DLC. So without further ado, let’s check out what’s new.

New Area

Far Harbor, as its name suggests, will bring a whole new location to Fallout 4’s wasteland. Set off the coast of Maine, the mysterious island of Far Harbor has much higher radiation levels that have created a more feral and dangerous world.

According to Bethesda, the size of Far Harbor in terms of landmass is supposed to be bigger than The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’s Shivering Isles expansion. In fact, Bethesda states this is the biggest DLC landmass its ever created, full of distractions to keep you occupied. Therefore, you can expect plenty more to see and do in Far Harbor than the excellent, albeit a little short, Automatron DLC from earlier this year.


One of the main things that Far Harbor adds to Fallout 4 is a whole new story and a number of different quests. According to the snippet of information we got from the DLC announcement back in February, Far Harbor will focus on a new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency.

“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.”

It looks like we’ll have to take a side in Far Harbor, too. Better get planning who you may want to work alongside.

Can You Play If You Just Got the Game?

Before starting Far Harbor, you’ll be required to complete a specific mission from the main quest. The quest, called Getting a Clue, is one that you’ll complete after rescuing Nick Valentine early on in the game. With Valentine being a pretty significant part of the DLC, with it being based on a case from his agency, you’ll have to have tied off any previous story missions.

If you’ve just picked up the game or have been busy completing side quests and building up your settlements too much to focus on the main quest, now would be a good time to get this mission done so you can set sail for Far Harbor right away. As for a level cap, Bethesda hasn’t mentioned anything. While there are certainly going to be plenty of hostile creatures, and areas of extreme radiation contamination, these may be scaled to whatever level your character is at.

New Enemies

Fallout 4’s third DLC is set to bring with it a bunch of new enemies. While we don’t know all that much about how they’ll try and take us down, we have caught a glimpse of them in promotional materials.

In the trailer that was released on May 4, 2016, we saw several new mutant and insect creatures. Some of these seemed to be water-based, too, meaning that those radiated waters are even more dangerous now. We also got a quick look at some heavily modified synths too. So it might be a good idea to pack some energy weapons for your journey.

New Items

Of course, it wouldn’t be right for Far Harbor to put us up against new high-level enemies, make us walk through heavily radiated areas, and get involved in a conflict without some new goodies to help us along the way. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, we do know that we’ll definitely be getting at least one new piece of armor and one new weapon on our adventure.

First up is the Marine Armor, as shown in the image above. Unfortunately, we don’t know much more about it, but it looks to be a more lightweight version of the rather famous Power Armor. As for the Harpoon Gun, we also get a glimpse of this in the trailer for the DLC released back in May. While it seems that modders playing the PC version of Fallout 4 may have found it hidden in the game’s files back in November, it will officially release as part of Far Harbor. Oh, and did we mention it looks to be a hell of a lot of fun to use?

Achievements/ Trophies

Rounding off the new additions that Far Harbor brings is the achievements and trophies. The DLC brings an additional ten trophies to Fallout 4, nine bronze and one silver.

Six of the trophies are for completing quests, and the rest are focused on you defeating enemies, finding new locations, and accessing some of the new items that will come as part of the DLC.


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