Bethesda recently brought the banhamer down on a bunch of players using third-party software in Fallout 76. Fortunately, they have the ability to appeal these bans. However, they’ll have to participate in some high school English homework if they want to play again.
English class with Mr. Howard.
Bethesda’s bans were first reported in a video by ‘JuiceHead,’ a YouTuber and active member of the Fallout Reddit community. He made the video after talking to various players who received emails from Bethesda. The emails told players they were banned for using a ‘third-party application’. From what JuiceHead found, that statement most likely refers to Cheat Engine, a memory editor, or the post-processing tool Reshade.
A major part of JuiceHead’s video is debating whether the bans were made by mistake. However, the real interesting part of the video comes from another part of the email:
If you would like to appeal this account closure, we would be willing to accept an essay on ‘Why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community’ for our management team to review.
Bethesda’s community lead in this Resetera thread (look for the account with the ‘Verified’ purple check mark) confirmed the email’s contents. The lead, known as ‘Gstaff,’ said Bethesda doesn’t want anyone using third-party software in Fallout 76 “because we do not want players exploiting the game in ways that provide a competitive advantage or negatively impact the servers & gameplay experience of other players”.
Some players claim the mods they were using don’t affect gameplay, such as visual enhancement mods. In those cases, Gstaff said, they can go to Bethesda’s support site and contact the team there. They also won’t have to write the 500-word essay. Gstaff later re-iterated that there’d be no essay going forward, but it’s not clear if this applies to all banned players or just those using non-cheat mods.
Bethesda previously said there’ll be mod support for Fallout 76.