Earlier this week, Bethesda rolled out Patch 5 for Fallout 76, which contained a rather extensive list of bug fixes, along with balance and gameplay tweaks. Unfortunately, the release of patch 5 introduced a few new issues of its own, and so Bethesda has rolled out a new hotfix to address them.
The new patch weight in at just under 1 GB on consoles. You can see the details of what was fixed below:
The publisher also posted an update on the Fallout website yesterday (prior to the release of the hotfix) that aimed to shed some insight into some of the decisions that were implemented in patch 5, after questions and concerns were raised by the game's playing community. You can see their response to below:
C.A.M.P., CRAFTING, AND WORKSHOPS
- Bulk Scrap: Bulk items now correctly autoscrap when crafting and making repairs.
- Bobby Pins: Reduced the weight of Bobby Pins from 0.1 to 0.001.
- This change was originally implemented in Patch 4, and unintentionally reverted in Patch 5 on January 29. We recently posted details about why this happened, and you can click here to learn more.
- Plans and Recipes: Plans and Recipes that a player has learned with one character will no longer display a (Known) tag for their other characters that have not yet learned that plan.
Concerns that Ultracite Power Armor plans being available at Taggerdy’s Terminal negates the need to fight the Scorchbeast Queen. One of the key rewards for Belly of the Beast is a full set of Ultracite Power Armor. Some players accidentally deleted this reward and were understandably upset. We made this fix to ensure everyone that completed Belly of the Beast could remake this power armor even if they accidentally dropped or deleted it. These recipes can also drop from the Scorchbeast Queen, but this wasn’t meant to be one of her primary rewards, since everyone in the Scorched Earth event already should have access to the Ultracite Power Armor.Lastly, the publisher also revealed that their plan to publish a Known Issue List for Fallout 76 is taking a little longer to put together than they originally hoped. The list is still coming, however, with the promise that it will include the "top issues" that players have experienced, "but also some of the top feedback and requests."
Energy and Heavy Weapons Improvements. We've heard and share your feedback that energy weapons need to be brought inline with other weapon types. We're also looking to adjust laser weapon durability in a future update. Additionally, after recent balance changes related to Perks and Legendary Mods, players have expressed that explosive non-legendary weapons are now less powerful. We agree there are improvements we can make. We’re doing an audit of heavy weapons damage and their ammo weights. We plan to increase damage in light of the perk and mod reductions, and plan to reduce ammo weight to make heavy weapons generally more viable. These adjustments will roll those out in a future update.
Perk balance adjustments. Demolition Expert was reduced to match related damage perks. The damage bonus it previously provided was very high and was causing balance problems, especially when combined with the Explosive Rounds Legendary mod. We also reduced the condition loss and repair bonuses offered by the White Knight and Licensed Plumber perks to help them better match perks like Power Patcher. We know the balance changes we made to these cards have caused some frustrations. We make these decisions to encourage more balanced pick rates across all perk cards, and even out perks that can start to feel mandatory when they’re overperforming compared to other cards. We’re hearing your feedback about repair costs and we’re currently looking into reducing them in general with future updates.
Vendor plans now cost more Caps. Vendor prices were originally based on rarity. Guaranteeing their appearance in a Vendor’s inventory significantly increased the availability of most plans and recipes, and we’ve increased their cap prices as a result. Cap prices have been set relatively high to allow for a market to still exist where players can mod others’ equipment for a cheaper price.
The hotfix for Patch 5 in Fallout 76 is available now.
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