Bethesda described the next two major updates of Fallout 76 while apologizing for its lack of communication with the increasingly unstable community of the game.
The next update is scheduled for December 4, 2018 and brings with it a much needed increase in the stash limit, as well as performance improvements and stability and balance changes, Bethesda said.
In a post in the subreddit Fallout 76, Bethesda said that the stash limit increases from 400 to 600 with the update. "While this is a bit conservative, we plan to further increase the storage limit, since we have seen that this change will not adversely affect the stability of the game," said Bethesda.
This is welcome news. One of the biggest problems with the game right now is the crippling stash limit, which restricts the amount of items you have at your disposal.
The boss's service will also change. The upgrade means that players must properly receive two to three items after knocking down a boss, depending on the difficulty and level of the creature.
Players hit with Cryolator will now be cooled, frozen or frozen, depending on how many times they have been hit. The duration of the movement speed reductions applied by these effects also decreased from two hours to 30 seconds.
The update addresses an error that means that players who die while overrun may only reappear in Vault 76 (this happened to me several times). Updating means that overcrowded players may reappear on the nearest discovered map marker.
And the update addresses the issue of armor bug. "We are also aware that there are some additional cases where this may occur and we are actively investigating them," said Bethesda.
Expect full notes for the December 4 update later this week.
Moving on to the December 11 update, this includes bug fixes, as well as PC-specific additions such as push-to-talk, 21: 9 resolution support, and a field-of-view configuration.
This update also adds a respective character option. After level 50, you can choose between a new Perk Card, or move a SPECIAL point that you had previously allocated. That seems useful!
Better yet, this update addresses the camp's positioning on the login issue that has plagued Fallout 76 since its release (this is something that my colleague Ian found and was mentioned in our Fallout 76 review).
Here is the Bethesda note:
"Your CAMP will no longer be automatically printed and stored if someone is occupying your location when you log in to a server. Instead, you will receive a notification that your space is busy.If you decide to find a new home for your CAMP No However, if you do not try to place your CAMP, you will be able to switch to a new server where the site is vacant and your CAMP will be fully assembled and waiting for you.
And finally, the second update adds Bulldozer, a new field feature that lets you remove small trees, rocks and other obstructions, to make it easier to build your camp. This is good news for anyone who likes to build in Fallout 76.
Overall, these updates move Fallout 76 in the right direction, though there is clearly still a lot of work to do to get the game in a solid state.
It has been a tough time for Fallout 76 players, with Bethesda remaining virtually silent since the release of the first major patch of the game. In his post on reddit, the developer apologized for this, saying he would now do more to communicate with the players.
"We know you're frustrated and angry at the state of things right now, whether it's the issues you face in the game or the lack of communication about fixes, updates or news," Bethesda said.
"We did not want you to think that silence meant nothing was happening. We were very sorry and we understood that this was not the right approach, and we will work to bridge the gap between you and the BGS development team."
Bethesda said it would publish articles weekly "to make sure you know what the studio is working on because it relates to issues you may be feeling, requests for quality of life or new features they are excited to share."
The return starts here?