This week marks eight months since Fallout 76 launched as a buggy mess. Since then, Bethesda’s on-line survival sport has improved lots. However whereas it has had lots of good days, the arrival of patch quantity 11 yesterday was not certainly one of them. As an alternative, it’s renewed gamers’ requires Bethesda to attempt updates out on a public take a look at server earlier than dropping them into the principle sport.
The replace is fairly sprawling, encompassing stability adjustments to Fallout 76’s battle royale mode, new quality-of-life enhancements to make beginning out as a brand new participant much less daunting, and tweaks to the sport’s premium foreign money economic system.
It additionally launched a bunch of latest issues, like legendary loot not dropping from enemies and peculiar new “demise zones” across the map that routinely kill anybody who stumbles into them.
All the bugs being reported by gamers and rounded up in a publish on the sport’s subreddit have made patch 11 harking back to the sport’s different two-steps-forward, one-step-back updates.
One of many largest points is expounded to Energy Armour. “We’ve made behind-the-scenes enhancements to the Energy Armour system to assist tackle numerous bugs,” Bethesda wrote within the sport’s patch notes. “In consequence, chances are you’ll discover your Energy Armour items have moved into your stock or Stash.”
Nevertheless, some gamers have reported that the items have gone lacking altogether. It’s not clear how many individuals have been in the end affected, however gamers with a number of units of the uncommon and costly armour seem to have been hit the toughest.
“I’ve misplaced a whole set of T-60 totally modded PA,” wrote one participant on Reddit. “Livid as I spent ages getting the caps to purchase plans (I’m not that market savvy so I by no means have too many caps as I’ve restricted time to play). I do know I’m by no means getting my PA again however its so demotivating to go and do it once more.”
Others have had the other subject, with current units of armour inexplicably duplicating. “I logged in and spent 10 [minutes] placing all my frames again collectively,” wrote one other participant. “Then I put them again in my stash the place they disassembled and I ended up with 368kg in my stash whereas I used to be nonetheless over encumbered with duplicates. Needed to put the whole lot again collectively a second time.”
The replace has additionally made some controversial adjustments to how gamers earn Atoms, the sport’s premium foreign money. Gamers used to have the ability to accumulate them by finishing fundamental Challenges early within the sport. In an effort to make the early sport much less harsh, Bethesda changed these Atoms with helpful gadgets like Stimpaks and Illness Cures. But it surely didn’t add these Atoms again in elsewhere, successfully reducing the quantity gamers can initially earn simply by enjoying the sport.
This variation comes alongside the addition of a brand new merchandise known as a Scrap Package, which may solely be bought with 50 Atoms, the equal of round 70 cents. This merchandise routinely scraps a participant’s junk and deposits it of their Stash. Whereas not a sport changer, the Scrap Package is actually a extra handy time saver than doing all of these issues manually.
It additionally means gamers who’ve one can journey out into the Wasteland with out worrying about dying and leaving all the scrap they’ve collected behind once they respawn. What’s annoying gamers is that they must pay for the privilege.
Much like Restore Kits, which Bethesda added to the sport within the spring, this effort to monetise across the edges of gameplay whereas the sport nonetheless has loads of bugs has left a foul style in lots of gamers’ mouths.
The sport’s new greenhouses aren’t serving to both. The buildings are bonuses that gamers can solely unlock by buying the Inexperienced Thumb Bundle for 1500 Atoms, or roughly $21. However a few of the gamers who’ve it say it’s a ache to attempt to place within the atmosphere, inflicting repeated error messages until it’s positioned on completely flat floor.
It doesn’t play good with concrete or different foundations, and you’ll’t stick actual vegetation in it both. Worst of all, some gamers say the greenhouse doesn’t even preserve out the rain.
At a time when Fallout 76 has usually been on the upswing due to new content material and intelligent new mechanics like player-owned merchandising machines, the most recent replace has confirmed to be a irritating flat tire on the street to redemption.
Anthem, one other on-line sport whose trajectory has had lots in widespread with Fallout 76’s, added a public take a look at server on the finish of Could. Since then, BioWare has spent weeks working with PC gamers to get its subsequent large replace proper.
It seems like Fallout 76 is lengthy overdue for a similar remedy.