Fallout 76 has issues, we know. But one of the most talked about problems in Bethesda's online Fallout RPG is duplicate items, or "dupes." Thanks to an exploit, some players were able to make multiple copies of powerful weapons and gear to terrorize Appalachia with. But today Bethesda enacted a sweep of duplicate items, and for once the community has reacted with joy.
"We've just completed some 'Spring cleaning' to rid the Wasteland of many items that were created through the abuse of duplication exploits," a Bethesda community manager announced earlier this morning on the Fallout 76 forums. The purge would remove items and gear from a list of over 400 items Bethesda compiled that were targeted for duplication. After the sweep, every player with one of those 400 items was left with just one copy of it, regardless of whether they duplicated it or traded for it.
Bethesda says that Power Armor was exempt from the item removal, but that another wave of sweeps could be happening in the future. The sweep also cleared players of "very large amounts" of Nuka-Cola if they were found to have them.
The Fallout 76 subreddit has been openly celebrating Bethesda for fixing one of the biggest problems in the community. Even though Bethesda says that it found less than one percent of all Fallout 76 accounts across three consoles of having duped items, duplicates were one of the more hotly-discussed topics in the community.
This is the same subreddit that openly revolted against Bethesda after a January patch re-introduced old bugs back into Fallout 76. While many commenters still say there are issued in Fallout 76, this is a good move on the developer's part and solves at least one critical issue in the community.
Fallout 76 still hasn't seen much in the way of new content due to emphasis on quality of life improvements and bug fixes. However, there could be some new content coming from Vault 63 thanks in part to another glitch that teleported some players into the locked area.
While Fallout 76 won't be revived overnight due to a duplicate items purge, it shows that Bethesda is making progress into fixing Fallout 76. Let's just hope future updates don't end up breaking said fixes. You can check out our Fallout 76 guide for our full coverage.