Bethesda has just dropped the patch notes for a hotfix it’s rolling out for Fallout 76 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, namely to address PC client crashes and a bug regarding high-damage and explosive weapons.
The patch notes, shared over on the official Fallout site, reveal that only the PC version of Fallout 76 will require a minor update, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game remain unchanged.
The change in patch version for PC is likely down to the PC-specific contents of the patch. For a while now, PC players have been complaining about an issue that caused the game client to crash after selecting the ‘Exit to Desktop’ option in Fallout 76. This then required players to use Task Manager to end the process, rather than it ending normally as it should.
Fortunately, this has been resolved in this latest hotfix, as has a setting to prevent out of date clients connecting to the servers and breaking gameplay.
This hotfix also addresses a few problems in all versions of the game. An exploit that allowed players to duplicate items has now been patched up, likely much to the disappointment of those who were using it.
Finally, and arguably most importantly, the hotfix addresses an issue that’s long plagued Fallout 76’s gameplay. Up until this hotfix, high-damage and explosive weapons, even when landing a hit on an enemy, weren’t dealing damage, or if they did, they’d immediately heal after the damage was dealt. This, too, has also now been resolved.
We weren’t the biggest fans of Fallout 76 when we reviewed it, noting its repetitive scavenging gameplay cycle and lack of commitment to any one of its core systems as major detractions to the multiplayer Fallout experience it had been purported to be. You can read our full review here.
Fallout 76 is now available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.