In the recent months of Fallout 76, players have been duping and exploiting item attaining glitches. Duping for those unfamiliar is basically when you use methods that the game didn’t want you to use to acquire multiple variations of the same item. This is especially common in online games with loot focused rewards. Bethesda is, therefore, removing duped items from Fallout 76 in an update that’ll release later today.
These item removals are part of our ongoing efforts to address exploit abuse and make positive changes for the overall in-game economy. 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.
The part of the economy is very important. As somebody who’s dabbled in game design and development before, I know how difficult it can be to balance the economy of a game. It requires so much math, estimations and other calculations to ensure that a game isn’t broken or unfair. Duping basically screws over that time spent on balancing due to the fairness factor being sucked straight out. Duping isn’t necessarily a crime when you’re playing on your own. Single-player games don’t have consequences tied to other players.
The idea of playing at your own pace lets you be lenient with duping. Multiplayer is a whole other story though. This is why you can see duped items in Fallout 76 being a big problem.
This fix of item duping was widely demanded by the community, it’s good to see that Bethesda was listening. They need all the positive attention for Fallout 76 that they can get before the retailers completely drop em.
They also spoke out more about the upcoming survival PVP mode that’s coming to the game soon. A few adjustments to the Scorchbeasts are also planned. This includes the frequency with which they use their sonic screams, as well as the loot from the Scorchbeast queen.