Bethesda's Fallout 76 is best described as a series of train wrecks but it appears that even when one happens, Bethesda are not aware of its scale. In an update to the exploit where hackers would steal others' equipped items, the company certainly hinted as much.
Fallout 76 players are hiding out on private servers in order to avoid getting robbed on public ones. We are not talking about an actual in-game mechanic that would allow players to rob each other, however awesome it might be. It is just the latest exploit that the players are facing in their AAA live service.
Bethesda finally addressed the players in a Reddit post which was not exactly a prime example of good news. They stated they are investigating the reports of an exploit that "may have resulted in a few players losing items" after hackers literally stripped them naked. This statement was followed by another attempt to downplay the issue, saying that "only a small number of characters have been negatively affected" but they "are taking this very seriously".
Such statements will surely sound reassuring to the 500 victims of a single hacker, some of whom were shown in a video that looked like a highlight reel of digital theft.
The tone-deaf statements were followed by a sentence that admitted that Bethesda has no idea of the actual number of affected players because the company asked them to "let it know" by submitting a ticket to customer support.
It is currently unknown whether the players' belongings will make their way back but at least Bethesda promised some compensation for everyone's troubles. Let's hope the players like the 500 Atoms that will be added to their account.