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It's not much of a surprise, but Bethesda have responded to players who have recently exploited their way into a secret developer room by issuing them with bans, as well as players who have been using other 'duping' exploits to gain more items than they should otherwise have been able to get.
Bethesda have been engaged in a flurry of activity trying to patch all these recent exploits, but nobody was sure if they'd be able to identify and ban players who took advantage of them. Bethesda released a statement on the matter;
We want Fallout 76 to be a happy and healthy world for all players, and we know that there are concerns with players finding and abusing exploits. We’re working hard to find, fix, and address these as they show up. The number of players raising these to our attention has been incredibly helpful in our process of getting to the bottom of these exploits and we greatly appreciate it. We want you to know that we take these exploits and those abusing them VERY seriously.
Once identified, we work very closely with our Support team to remove problem players that are abusing these exploits - whether that’s the duping exploits or those using cheat apps or mods to access areas in-game that are otherwise inaccessible (and unintended) for players in the game world. As we continue to change the game, we fully expect to identify new issues, but we will continue track and resolve exploits.
They encourage players who witness anyone cheating or using exploits to raise a support ticket on the Bethesda website.
While it was never revealed how the dev room exploit worked, it does raise a warning to players about trying to intentionally glitch or break the game if they want to be able to continue playing. While bugs in Bethesda and Fallout games have always been something of a light hearted meme in the past, the situation for 76 is a little more serious.
The blog post also mentions the upcoming PvP mode, which is effectively the same but without any PvP rules, making it an open free for all, which Bethesda claim will add "significantly more tension, drama, and consequences with every encounter with another human player" - just so long as it remains optional, Bethesda.
Stay tuned to GameFront for any further developments.
Danny King | Community Manager | GameFront.com