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In wake of Fallout 76 anger, Bethesda promises better ‘communication’

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The studio says it is listening to player complaints

Fallout 76 has had a rough few weeks. Players are encountering a wide variety of annoying and game-breaking bugs and discovering that some features do not work as advertised. Tensions rose even further when, two weeks after launch, the game went on sale for up to half of its launch price — all while Bethesda largely gave unhelpful stock responses to player complaints. It’s gotten bad enough that players are advising each other to try refunding the game. Today, Bethesda broke its silence and promised to be more transparent about what it’s doing to improve Fallout 76.

On Reddit, the Bethesda Game Studios community team apologized for not speaking more frankly and transparently to the community. “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,” a representative wrote.

In that post, Bethesda says that, from now on, it’ll detail upcoming patch notes quicker so that players know what’s in the pipeline. “We didn’t want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening,” Bethesda said. To that end, the Reddit post details some high-level fixes that are coming to Fallout 76 starting on December 4th, including mending the creepy bug that got players stuck in Power Armor. Some highly requested tweaks will also include a limit to the player’s stash, and the ability to re-spec your SPECIAL points starting on December 11th. Over at the Fallout blog, Bethesda also says it is working to decrease the download size for updates.

The Reddit post says that the actual updates will include more changes than those detailed on the forum, and it reassures fans that it’s listening to the complaints.

“Please don’t stop letting us know how we can improve our communication and what else needs to be addressed in the game,” Bethesda said.