After being nearly obliterated in the court of public opinion over numerous glitches and bugs, Bethesda took to Reddit to address changes coming to Fallout 76 in the near future. Bethesda Game Studios's post on the Fallout subreddit is the smartest move the developer could have made. It allows them to address their fans directly, in a long-form way, with space for more player feedback. And providing an opaque update schedule with itemized changes certainly assures fans they're being heard.
"We know you're frustrated and angry at the state of things right now, whether it's the issues you're running into in the game, or the lack of communication about fixes, updates, or news," the Studio wrote. "Yesterday we posted to let you know that we're still here gathering your feedback and, more importantly, working to get info from the team we can share. We didn't want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening. We're sorry and understand this was not the right approach, and we'll work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at BGS."
Bethesda Game Studios' plan going forward, as outlined in the reddit, involves a much more transparent process of collecting player feedback and patching the game. Many of the improvements listed come with specific timelines and are based on player reports.
The first update is coming on December 4th, and will include a number of adjustments to Fallout 76's current gameplay model. It will be followed by another patch on December 11th, which will bring even more balance changes and bug fixes. Bethesda finished out their apology and update message with a reminder that they're still collecting fan feedback on "how we can improve our communication and what else needs to be addressed in the game."
The update schedule is below:
December 4, 2018 – Next week's update will bring an increase to the Stash limit, as well as a variety of performance and stability improvements, balance changes, and multiple bug fixes to the game. We'll have full patch notes available later this week ahead of Tuesday's update. Some notable issues being addressed in this update include:
Stash Limit Increased: We know many of you have been asking for an adjustment to the Stash storage limit, and we're happy to share that we're increasing it from 400 to 600. 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.
Boss Loot: Players should correctly receive two to three items after taking down a boss, depending on the creature's difficulty and level.
Cryolator Effects: Players hit with the Cryolator are now Chilled, Frosted, or Frozen depending on how many times they are hit. The duration of movement speed reductions applied by these effects have also been decreased from 2 hours to 30 seconds.
Respawning When Overencumbered: We've resolved an issue affecting players who die while overencumbered that only allowed them to Respawn at Vault 76. Now, overencumbered players will be able to respawn at the nearest discovered Map Marker.
Stuck in Power Armor: We've addressed an issue in this patch that could cause players to become stuck inside Power Armor. We're also aware that there are some additional cases where this can occur, and we are actively investigating them.
December 11, 2018 – The next update after December 4 is currently planned for the following week. Like previous patches, it will include a variety of bug fixes, but we're also planning to bring some more notable changes and features to the game. You can catch a preview of these improvements below, and a full list of changes will be included in the December 11 patch notes.
PC Additions: A Push-to-Talk setting for Voice Chat, 21:9 resolution support, and a Field of View setting are all being implemented on PC with this update.
SPECIAL Respec: After level 50, you'll be able to choose between a new Perk Card, or moving a SPECIAL point you had previously allocated.
C.A.M.P. Placement on Login: Your C.A.M.P. will no longer be automatically blueprinted and stored if someone is occupying your location when you log into a server. Instead, you'll receive a notification that your space is occupied. If you decide to find a new home for your C.A.M.P. on that server, it will be free to do so. However, if you don't attempt to place down your C.A.M.P., you will be able to switch to a new server where that spot is vacant and your C.A.M.P. will be fully assembled and waiting for you.
Bulldozer: This is a new C.A.M.P. feature that will allow you to remove small trees, rocks, and other obstructions so it's easier to create and place your C.A.M.P. when and where you want it. You can also use the Bulldozer to clear these items from the surrounding area to make your C.A.M.P. feel more like home!