The world of Fallout 76 has some good news for a change. A recent bit of server maintenance by Bethesda managed to remove a large amount of items that had been created via duplication bugs.
Spring Cleaning in Appalachia
Yesterday at 9 AM Eastern, Bethesda shut down their Fallout 76 servers for maintenance. In an announcement that morning, a community manager wrote:
During this time, we’re planning to remove items that have been created through duplication exploits from player inventories and stashes.
These removals are highly-targeted at a specific list of items. Players who have used an exploit to dupe items, or acquired duped items from other players, may find those items removed from their accounts once maintenance is complete. It’s also important to note that only a small percentage of accounts currently have duped items, which means the vast majority of players will not be affected by this action.
Item duplication has been a big issue in Fallout 76 since day one. Players quickly found item duplication exploits, shared them online, and even sold the items for real-world cash. Bethesda threw out patches to combat the tide, but players kept finding other means of duplicating high-tier loot.
After the cleaning, a community manager explained how the cleaning worked:
These actions were highly-focused toward a list of over 400 weapon and armor items we identified as common duplication targets. Players who had multiple copies of any of these duped items, whether they obtained them using an exploit or by acquiring them from another player, will find that all but one of each of those items have been removed from their characters. Power Armor was exempt from today’s item removals, but we are actively discussing another wave of action to target these items in the future.
Additionally, if a player had multiple copies of duped items removed as part of today’s actions, we also performed a follow-up search of their account for very large amounts of Nuka-Cola and removed those, as well.
Bethesda found that less than 1% of all Fallout 76 accounts were affected by the cleaning.
The reaction to the purge seems fairly positive. Redditors are giving Bethesda begrudging credit for handling the issue in a manner that seems relatively fair.
Meanwhile, a new ‘Inside The Vault’ update offers some welcome changes coming in Patch 6 next week.