Fallout 76 News

Fallout 76 patch kills item duplication and makes bobby pins lighter

The next Fallout 76 patch is here - and boy is it chunky one. Patch 1.0.4.13 takes aim at many of the game's most unpopular bugs, with over 150 changes being made to the game.

Remember when PC players complained bugs were preventing them from even playing the game? Worry no more, as the infinite load screen crash bug has been zapped, meaning you can play Fallout 76 to your heart's content. Hooray.

Meanwhile, if you've been on the Fallout subreddit in the past few days, you'll have spotted a great deal of angst regarding duplication glitches in the game. If the name hadn't already given it away, this meant players could create copies of items - thereby causing problems with the in-game economy and allowing people to sell dozens of legendary weapons for real-life cash on eBay.

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If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past few days, you're likely to have seen the backlash to Fallout 76 "bag-gate", or as I like to call it, "the kerduffel". After players complained Bethesda had replaced a canvas bag with a cheap nylon version in the £179.99 Power Armour Edition of the game, the company tried to smooth things over by offering customers 500 Atoms of in-game currency, worth about £3.99. It was a gesture that obviously did not go down well.

If you thought the controversy surrounding Fallout 76 ended at the game itself, you're in for a surprise. Bethesda is now in trouble with fans for promising a canvas duffel bag in its $200 (£156) Power Armour Edition of the game - and instead delivering a cheap nylon replacement.

Bethesda outlines next two big Fallout 76 updates, apologises for radio silence

Bethesda has outlined the next two major Fallout 76 updates while apologising for its lack of communication with the game's increasingly unsettled community.

The next update is planned for 4th December 2018 and brings with it a much needed stash limit increase as well as performance and stability improvements and balance changes, Bethesda said.

In a post on the Fallout 76 subreddit, Bethesda said the stash limit increases from 400 to 600 with the update. "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," Bethesda said.

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It's no secret that Fallout 76 has had technical issues. The PC version, in particular, has experienced several bugs - including one which deleted 50GB worth of game data, and another (slightly more amusing) bug which made players immortal. Yet for some, the problems proved too much, and several players have now attempted to claim refunds via the Bethesda game launcher. But with players getting mixed results, Bethesda's refund policy is leaving customers perplexed. So much so, in fact, that the situation has now caught the attention of an American law firm.

Fallout 76's first major patch is a whopping 47GB on console

Fallout 76's first major patch is out now on PlayStation 4, and Bethesda wasn't kidding when it warned it would be big.

The patch weighs in at a whopping 47.258GB and brings Fallout 76 up to version 1.02. Prior to the patch going live, Fallout 76 on PS4 took up 53.04GB. Post-patch, Fallout 76 takes up 53.23GB, so the update replaces much of the pre-existing file.

(Reports indicate the patch is similar in size on Xbox One, but a lot smaller on PC, where it comes in at 15GB.)

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Spyro sold more physical copies at launch than Fallout 76

Spyro sold more physical copies at launch than Fallout 76

Pokémon outsold both, while Hitman flopped.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the UK physical chart number one, after it beat the physical launch sales of Fallout 76, Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, plus a new boxed version of Fortnite, and Hitman 2.

But that doesn't tell the full story of last week - one of the most competitive in the year so far.

Spyro sold brilliantly, and Activision's purple dragon deservedly won the UK chart for the first time since his original PlayStation 1 game back in 1998.

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Fallout 76 to get faction-based PvP system post-launch, among other things

Bethesda has outlined some of the features it's working on that are set to hit Fallout 76 post-launch.

In a post on Bethesda.net, the company said Fallout 76 is getting C.A.M.P. building improvements, new quests and events, new Vaults opening, character respecing and a faction-based PvP system.

A lot of this stuff will be welcomed by those who played the Fallout 76 beta. Fallout 76's C.A.M.P. building, which is essentially the same system from Fallout 4 but with the ability to move it around the map, could certainly do with a tinker, particularly for those who like spending a good deal of time with it creating elaborate home bases. And while the Fallout 76 beta had a good deal of quests and events, most weren't memorable. So more - and better - quests will certainly be a good thing.

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Working out Fallout 76 nuke launch codes is no joke

Fallout 76 recently saw its final beta session, and players managed to set off a nuke just before it ended. But to get to that point is a surprisingly tricky process that involves hunting for codes, finding a keycard and decrypting letters and numbers.

A small group of players are claiming Fallout 76's "world first" nuke launch, although Bethesda has yet to confirm it. A streamer called FrenchTomahawk managed to call in a nuke late in the final beta session Thursday night after around four hours of sleuthing with the help of Twitch chat. The clip below shows the moment the bomb fell.

THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Last night - well, early this morning - the unlikeliest gaming squad played Fallout 76. Ninja, of Fortnite fame, American rapper Logic, and Rick and Morty - yes, the fictional characters from animated show Rick and Morty - played Bethesda's upcoming multiplayer post-apocalyptic game to a peak of around 32,000 viewers on Twitch. And it went, well, I wouldn't use the word well. Rather, it just sort of went.

Fallout 76 modding has begun

Fission accomplished.

PC players have had their hands on the Fallout 76 beta for a mere nine hours, yet several modders have already figured out how to alter the game.

Fallout 76 beta extended after bug which deleted 50GB data

Bethesda has extended the Fallout 76 beta after an unfortunate bug last night deleted the entire 50GB game client from some users' PCs.

In a fantastically alarming tweet, Bethesda warned fans to "not click any buttons on the client for the time being", which made it sound like people's computers were about to explode.

Subsequent messages explained there was an issue causing PC owners to redownload the hefty beta game file, and that if you saw a progress bar you should allow the download to complete again. No one's ISP still caps their data usage, right?

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The Fallout 76 beta sessions involve some late nights in the UK

Bethesda has announced the Fallout 76 beta sessions and they're a little rough on UK players.

The sessions revolve around Eastern Time in the United States, which is currently five hours behind UK time. This makes sense when you consider Bethesda is based in Maryland, but it makes for late evening sessions in the UK.

The next Fallout 76 beta session is tonight, 27th October, and runs from 10pm to midnight in the UK on Xbox only.

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In the build-up to Fallout 76, Bethesda hasn't been shy in admitting the new online game may have some issues. Aside from labelling the Fallout 76's early access program the "Break it Early Test Application" (B.E.T.A.), the game's FAQs also explain the experience will be a "work-in-progress" version of the game complete with a "glorious array of issues".

Over the weekend, Bethesda has been up to its usual tricks again by teasing Fallout fans with mysterious hints about Fallout 76. Despite saying the upcoming game will not have any human NPCs, the official Fallout Twitter account has been drip-feeding photos of the game's factions - although whether these will be made up of NPCs or human players remains to be seen. My bottlecaps are on the latter.

Fallout 76 beta dates announced, along with a new video

At long last, Bethesda has rolled back the vault door a little to give players a glimpse of Fallout 76. The developer has now revealed a new video showing the game's intro, and has also announced the beta's start date.

As we already knew, the Fallout 76 beta is arriving first on Xbox One, and the start date for this is October 23rd. PlayStation 4 and PC players will have to be a little more patient and wait an extra week to access the game on October 30th.

The "B.E.T.A." (a Break-It Early Test Application, as Bethesda has termed it) can only be accessed via pre-order - but according to Bethesda's FAQs, will provide access to the full game. Players who access the beta will also be able to carry their progress over to the full game, which officially releases on November 14th.

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Fallout 76 will not support cross-play, Bethesda confirms

Fallout 76 does not support cross-play, Bethesda has confirmed.

Bethesda marketing chief Pete Hines tweeted to say the upcoming multiplayer post-apocalyptic PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game won't support the feature.

Hines' tweet comes just a few hours after Sony announced cross-play between PS4 and rival consoles the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One for Fortnite, with more games to be added later.

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Fallout 76's map officially named

A whole nuke world.

First, we explored the Capital Wasteland. Next, it was the Commonwealth. Now, we know the next Bethesda Fallout map's name: it's Appalachia!

There's a Fallout and Skyrim concert for War Child UK

Get tickets before they ar-gonian.

Is there anything more spine-tingling than loading up Skyrim to hear those ominous chants? Now imagine that with a live choir, in London's Hammersmith Apollo, all in the name of charity. Oh - and with some epic Fallout music thrown into the mix too.

Fallout 76 won't be on Steam at launch

Only a few days after Epic announced Fortnite would avoid the Google Play store, Bethesda has joined the list of developers choosing to release its games exclusively on its own digital distribution platform.

Last night Bethesda released an updated version of its Fallout 76 beta notes, which mention the Fallout 76 beta will be available on "Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on PC (via Bethesda.net)". Steam is conspicuously absent from this list, and when contacted by PC Gamer, Bethesda confirmed the game will not launch on Steam. The rep stated "the PC version of Fallout 76, for both the B.E.T.A. and the launch, will be available only via Bethesda.net, not on Steam".

Although it confirmed the game will not be coming to Steam, Bethesda has not given a specific reason for avoiding Valve's platform. At a guess, it's probably a way for the company to gain better control of the revenue stream for Fallout 76 (Valve takes a cut - typically 30 per cent - of sales on Steam), and to help grow the user base of its own launcher. The fact the game isn't immediately available on Steam does not, however, mean it will never arrive on the platform. As highlighted by PC Gamer, Fallout Shelter was released on Bethesda.net in July 2016, and took nearly a year to arrive on Steam in March 2017.

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Fallout 76's beta programme starts in October

Fallout 76's beta programme starts in October

Xbox One first, other platforms to follow.

Bethesda has revealed that the beta for its upcoming online survival game Fallout 76 will begin this October.

As previously announced, Xbox One players will be the first to gain access to Fallout 76's beta, with PS4 and PC owners to follow. Exact timings will be announced through Bethesda's various social media channels.

And how do interested parties get involved? According to a new forum post by Bethesda's community administrator, the publisher will be selecting players to participate in the beta from a larger pool, and the plan is to "start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch".

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Fallout 76 beta begins first on Xbox One

Fallout 76 beta begins first on Xbox One

Timed exclusives never change.

Fallout 76 will get a beta - and it begins first on Xbox One.

In a recently updated FAQ, Bethesda said the beta for Xbox One will begin first, followed by other platforms (PlayStation 4 and PC via Bethesda.net).

Bethesda has yet to say when the Fallout 76 beta will kick off, but we do know you have to pre-order the game to get in. Bethesda said that's the only way to get access to the beta.

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Bethesda announces Fallout 76

Bethesda announces Fallout 76

UPDATE: Reportedly an "online survival RPG" inspired by Rust and DayZ.

UPDATE: A new report suggests that Bethesda's freshly unveiled Fallout 76 is an online survival RPG, heavily inspired by the likes of DayZ and Rust.

These latest details comes via Kotaku's Jason Schreier, whose sources describe Fallout 76 as "an experimental new entry" in Bethesda's long-running franchise. The game was seemingly conceived as a prototype for a multiplayer version of Fallout 4, although much has apparently changed since then.

Fallout 76 is said to retain Fallout 4's base-building - a staple of many online survival games - and will feature a range of other, currently unspecified, multiplayer mechanics. It's reportedly being developed by Bethesda's main Maryland team, responsible for the likes of Fallout 4 and Skyrim, and at the company's new Austin branch, formerly BattleCry Studios.

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