In a Reddit post yesterday, a Fallout 4 modder detailed some egregious concerns over Fallout 76. The user claimed that, due to its use of the Fallout 4 engine, Fallout 76 — currently in beta — can be exploited. In other words, you could edit files to remove trees or walk through walls. You can even mod the game, despite it being online only. However, Bethesda soon responded, throwing some shade on the claims.
Replying to IGN, Bethesda says that the claims are “inaccurate or based on incorrect assumptions.” Adding to this, Bethesda said the community did, however, bring some unknown concerns to light, which the company plans on fixing. That said, Bethesda didn’t make it clear which of the five claims brought by the Reddit user were true or false.
“Our goal is always to deliver a great experience for all our players,” Bethesda told IGN. “Cheating or hacking will not be tolerated. We know our fan base is passionate about modding and customizing their experience in our worlds and it’s something we intend to support down the road.”
The Mods Must Be Crazy
Bethesda has plans on allowing mods to run in Fallout 76. We believe that most of these will be harmless, such as UI tweaks. At least, we don’t think they will break the core experience of the game. There will be private servers, however, which will allow people to run amok. But what of the harmful ones? And surely you can’t mod Fallout 76 now, right? That would be crazy. Yes, crazy.
You can. Or, at least, you can bring some old Fallout 4 mods over to Fallout 76. There are currently 20 mods you can download over at Nexus Mods. Most are your typical texture swaps, such as the one that makes the map in the style of Fallout 4.
However, a mod that makes picking locks easier can give a clear advantage to some players. The mod apparently works, if this video evidence is something to believe. Alright, so perhaps picking locks faster is not as egregious as some mods. But who’s to say that there isn’t something far more sinister in the works? I once made a joke about a machine gun that fired mini-nukes. I actually don’t want to see that happen in a public game, if it can be avoided.
Bethesda seems certain it can rectify these issues before the game comes out. I suppose we’ll find out after November 14 when Fallout 76 comes out on PC. The silver lining here is that the issues discovered by the community should make for a better experience once fixed. There are still have another eight hours in the beta before the end of the week. If you haven’t traveled the wastes of West Virginia yet, this is your last chance.