Today’s Fallout 76 Wild Appalachia Patch 8.5 introduces a camera, repair kits, and new complaints from fans

    
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In its on-going rollout of Wild Appalachia, Fallout 76 brings update 8.5 to players, which features the ProSnap Deluxe Camera, basic and improved repair kits, and balances to aluminum. Besides those, the developers worked on fixing bugs like the infinite loading screen some players encountered and UI features working incorrectly.

The ProSnap Deluxe takes center stage for the suite of additions this time. Players will find the broken camera on a corpse of a tourist didn’t make it to a vault. When the camera is fully functional, it allows players to begin the “Bucket List” quest and other challenges. It equips just like a weapon, and the attack button takes a picture that drops into your Photomode Gallery. The workbench can be used to apply mods to the camera, specifically new lenses.

The repair kits have received the most flak since the announcement of this patch. The basic repair kit can be found on the Atomic Shop, whereas the improved repair kit is a rare drop from the Scorchbeast Queen. The devs plan to add the improved repair kits to future in-game content.

Anticipating the backlash from fans, Bethesda said that it remains committed to not including anything in the Atomic Shop that would give players a competitive advantage. Bethsoft believes that the repair kits do not give players a competitive advantage; instead, it calls them a “convenient option.” However, the developers did say, “If we find that repair kits do offer any sort of competitive advantage once they are available, we will make any changes necessary to ensure that advantage is removed.”

Many fans, especially in reply to the Twitter announcement, find that the repair kits on sitting on the Atomic Shop as another cash grab from the developers. Others see no issue with the additions at all. The full patch notes are available on the Fallout 76 website; you can decide for yourself which side of the argument you stand on.

Source: Patch notes

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Venomlicious

Its the start of ESO riding skills, bank slots, repair scrolls, xp scrolls, and the list goes on. I like the game but have moved on to better things. I can see where this is going and they already blew off a toe.

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Rottenrotny

I’m rather strict in defining what is and isn’t P2W.

Repair kits to me clearly fall on the side of P2W, but at least they’re not selling weapons etc. I guess.

On the bright side, it’s nice to see the patches and content additions rolling in at a steady and frequent rate.

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Sorenthaz

It’s definitely a ‘foot in the door’ type of move. Since now “convenience” isn’t defined by them as P2W it means they can find other “conveniences” to throw in and monetize, potentially.

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Rottenrotny

For sure. They’re feeling it out, seeing what the community will not freak about.

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Palamah

Whilst I agree that the basic repair kits are primarily intended as a convenience feature, it can’t be ignored that they do also give an advantage (however minor).

To put my tin-foil hat on a moment, I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see things like crafting supplies, pre-made food items, ammo or stimpacks appear on the cash shop soon as well (all labelled as convenience items also)…

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Sorenthaz

Folks are sore about the repair kits because repairing items in the game sucks right now, and it feels like a cheap bandaid solution to the fact that even if an item is minorly scuffed it requires the same mats as if it was completely broken – and typically you’re spending as much mats as it took to make the thing just to repair it.

Also there was at least one repair perk that they nerfed to be in line with other repair perks, which pissed people off further. In general I can see why Bethesda would do this, though anyone can clearly see that this is the beginning of the “convenience” cash shop items which is a slippery slope… And historically speaking, what’s normally a logical fallacy actually applies well to these instances where devs go, “It’s still not paying for an advantage, we’ll listen to feedback and monitor it closely!”

Ultimately though if you’re only able to get the better quality ones through gameplay, that’s at least a positive. But if the basic ones are cash-shop-only… that’s where it becomes a bit weird and bothersome. Because basic repair kits are something that folks should be able to craft on their own, dumping easier-to-mass materials so that you can repair stuff that requires higher quality/rarer mats.

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Emiliano Lozada

Pretty much this.

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Indigo Salma

They nerfed a perk to make people buy this instead.
Always making bad decisions in killing the game further for the people left playing it still.

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Sorenthaz

Wasn’t it just one perk that stood out among the other crafting perks though? I don’t recall specifically but I know it was done a few months back at this point.