Bethesda Game Studios has released a detailed statement on the state of Fallout 76, its communication with the community, and how it wants to proceed going further. This follows a response earlier in the day, which promised “new information to share soon”. To start off, the community team apologized for the lack of communication to fans since launch.
“We know you’re frustrated and angry at the state of things right now, whether it’s the issues you’re running into in the game, or the lack of communication about fixes, updates, or news,” they wrote in their update. “To be clear, this account is run by us, Bethesda Game Studios community team. Yesterday we posted to let you know that we’re still here gathering your feedback and, more importantly, working to get info from the team we can share.
“We didn’t want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening. We’re sorry and understand this was not the right approach, and we’ll work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at BGS.”
As for upcoming plans, December 4th will see an update to the Stash Limit, along with “a variety of performance and stability improvements, balance changes, and multiple bug fixes to the game.” The Stash Limit is increasing from 400 to 600, and while it may seem low to start with, the developer will look to increase it further once it determines the stability of the same. You can check out some of the early features of the patch, as described by Bethesda themselves, below:
- Stash Limit Increased: We know many of you have been asking for an adjustment to the Stash storage limit, and we’re happy to share that we’re increasing it from 400 to 600. While this is somewhat conservative, we plan to increase the storage cap further once we verify that this change will not negatively impact the stability of the game.
- Boss Loot: Players should correctly receive two to three items after taking down a boss, depending on the creature’s difficulty and level.
- Cryolator Effects: Players hit with the Cryolator are now Chilled, Frosted, or Frozen depending on how many times they are hit. The duration of movement speed reductions applied by these effects have also been decreased from 2 hours to 30 seconds.
- Respawning When Overencumbered: We’ve resolved an issue affecting players who die while overencumbered that only allowed them to respawn at Vault 76. Now, overencumbered players will be able to respawn at the nearest discovered Map Marker.
- Stuck in Power Armor: We’ve addressed an issue in this patch that could cause players to become stuck inside Power Armor. We’re also aware that there are some additional cases where this can occur, and we are actively investigating them.
Bethesda then discussed an update that would be coming on December 11th. This will bring Push to Talk, FOV, settings and 21:9 resolution support for PC players, along with SPECIAL Respec post-Level 50. The C.A.M.P. is also receiving some much needed quality of life changes, including a notification when your space is being occupied. Check out the features of this update below:
- PC Additions: A Push-to-Talk setting for Voice Chat, 21:9 resolution support, and a Field of View setting are all being implemented on PC with this update.
- SPECIAL Respec: After level 50, you’ll be able to choose between a new Perk Card, or moving a SPECIAL point you had previously allocated.
- C.A.M.P. Placement on Login: Your C.A.M.P. will no longer be automatically blueprinted and stored if someone is occupying your location when you log into a server. Instead, you’ll receive a notification that your space is occupied. If you decide to find a new home for your C.A.M.P. on that server, it will be free to do so. However, if you don’t attempt to place down your C.A.M.P., you will be able to switch to a new server where that spot is vacant and your C.A.M.P. will be fully assembled and waiting for you.
- Bulldozer: This is a new C.A.M.P. feature that will allow you to remove small trees, rocks, and other obstructions so it’s easier to create and place your C.A.M.P. when and where you want it. You can also use the Bulldozer to clear these items from the surrounding area to make your C.A.M.P. feel more like home!
Fallout 76 has been subject to plenty of criticism since launch, but Bethesda does have plans for the future, beyond just bug fixes. Check out GamingBolt’s review of the base game for more information.