Right from day one, the biggest request players had for Fallout 76 was the ability to host private servers, which in turn would open up possibilities for modded servers. Bethesda were quick to confirm they had plans for such a thing, but have never committed to when we might see this feature actually happen.
It seems now that private servers may be coming sooner than we think, as project lead Jeff Gardiner seemed to imply during the Fallout 76 roundtable discussion at QuakeCon.
It started when, in response to a question about private servers for the game, development director Chris Mayer said that servers will be coming "in the near future" - to which Mayer responded "They're coming sooner than you think" to rapturous applause from the audience.
As for what that means in real terms, it's hard to say, but clearly they're confident enough that the release must be getting near, perhaps in the next major update. Fallout 76 has suffered some major problems with it's most recent updates, so this would be some welcome good news.
Stay tuned to GameFront for more on this as we learn it.