The last patch for Fallout 76 didn’t go so well, to say the least, as it reintroduced a whole slew of previously fixed bugs — including, notably, the ability to duplicate items — on top of nerfing explosive weapons into oblivion. Unsurprisingly, this resulted in some, well, fallout among the game’s community, which flooded the Fallout 76 subreddit with incendiary posts decrying Bethesda’s (mis)handling of the game. Now, the devs are attempting to put out the fires with a hotfix, which they announced last night via a post on the game’s subreddit:
We are aware that some issues were unintentionally introduced (and reintroduced) in Patch 5, including problems with Bulk Junk autoscrapping, Known Plan/Recipe tags in the UI, Bobby Pin weight to reverting back to 0.10 lb, and others. It appears that a merge of internal development builds failed to execute properly prior to releasing Patch 5. The team is working to identify how this happened so we can prevent this from repeating in the future.
We recognize that some of these issues, like the ones listed above, can critically affect your moment-to-moment gameplay. Because of that, we plan to issue a hotfix on these items as soon as possible. We are currently developing and testing the hotfix, and expect to deploy this update at either the end of this week or the beginning of next. As soon as we have a confirmed date, we will follow up.
Right now, the list of planned fixes is fairly short: Bobby pin weight will be reduced to 0.001 pounds (again), bulk junk will be available for crafting, and plans and recipes will no longer show up across characters. However, Community Manager Lonevaultwanderer has also been frantically replying to players in the Reddit thread, attempting to gather details on other bugs and issues to be passed along to the dev team.
But even if the team manages to iron out all of the valley-like wrinkles that the patch created, it may be too little, too late. The front page of the subreddit is still awash in posts from players announcing their departures from the game and excoriating Bethesda. It seems the studio may have finally burned through the last of its players’ goodwill, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things play out as the situation develops.