Bethesda is apologizing for their lack of communication regarding the state of Fallout 76.
Fallout 76 released on November 14th, and since then it’s been a dumpster fire on a roller coaster for Bethesda. The game launched so full of bugs that some players have attempted lighting off a can of Raid in their Xbox to try and make the gameplay smoother (note: please do not ignite a can of insecticide in your game console as it will not improve the performance of Fallout 76).
The game currently has a score of 51 on Metacritic because most reviewers are saying it’s so jam-packed with glitches they can’t be bothered to finish it. Some early adopters and pre-orders are asking for a refund when the game won’t even run on their system, which Bethesda is now refusing to offer, prompting a DC-based law firm to investigate them for consumer fraud.
Oh, and let’s not forget the ‘ol bait-and-switch on the special Power Armor Edition of the game. Bethesda is now offering 500 atoms ($5 of in-game currency) for players pissed-off that their military-style duffle bag turned out to be nylon garbage bag with a zipper.
All while everything about Fallout 76 is burning and the Fallout subreddit is calling for players to actually Nuke Bethesda headquarters, the developer has been unusually quiet. Well, that silence was finally broken when a community manager posted an update on the Fallout 76 subreddit.
“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,” reads the posting, which has already received 5.1k responses since Tuesday.
“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.”
To that end, the posting outlines just what will be fixed on the planned December 4th and 11th patches. On December 4th, the strange bug that freezes people in power armor while also turning them into a naked Slenderman is going away (hopefully), as will the inconsistent loot drops from boss monsters.
On top of that, players can finally look forward to not being frozen for 2 hours whenever they’re hit with a Cryolator. That’s being shorted to a far more reasonable 30 seconds.
On December 11th, Fallout 76 is finally getting push-to-talk voice chat functionality (something the community has been calling for since the closed beta) as well as 21:9 resolution settings and field of view adjustments.
It so far seems that despite the horror story of the game’s release, Bethesda is sticking with Fallout 76. Maybe it’ll be a halfway decent game in a few months, but Bethesda is sure burning through a lot of social capital to get there.