Bethesda have announced that Fallout 76 is going offline today for regular maintenance during which the developers are planning to purge items that have been created through duplication exploits from player inventories and stashes.
If you are one of the brave ones who play Fallout 76 you've probably noticed by now that Bethesda's latest instalment in the post-apocalyptic franchise is a bit buggy and can be exploited in several ways.
Players used to break in and loot the developer's room, and just recently, one player somehow glitched into one of the closed vaults. While some of these led to controversial bans, they are just a drop in the ocean when compared to the item duping exploit.
If you're unfamiliar with the issue, some players decided to earn some cash by using the exploit to duplicate the best items in the game and sell them on eBay for real-world money.
YouTube is full of tutorials which show various methods to duplicate items and the issue is currently destroying the in-game economy. It went so far that some players established hunting squads to purge the exploiters and bring some justice to West Virginia.
Fortunately, they won't have to bother with them anymore as the developers are fixing the issues in today's patch. Bethesda confirmed this on Fallout 76 forum by saying that these item removals are part of their ongoing efforts to "address exploit abuse and make positive changes for the overall in-game economy".
Fallout 76 servers will be down for several hours during the maintenance which will start at 9:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM CET. Additionally, Bethesda are planning to roll out a server-side fix to reduce the frequency of disconnects from game servers.
While it's nice to see Bethesda working on the duping issue, this is not the first time they are fixing it. They addressed the exploits in their previous patches but the exploiters found a new way to duplicate items.
To make things worse, just when it looked like they actually pulled it off and fixed the problem, another update magically made the item duping appear again. Classic Bethesda.