Dupers, it seems your time has finally come, as Bethesda is about to weed out duped items from Fallout 76. For real, this time.
Anyone who’s been near the Fallout 76 subreddits will know the community considers item duping a severe problem. The process of doubling items through glitches and exploits – for which tutorials can be found on YouTube – has been accused of wrecking the in-game economy and contributing towards server instability. Dupers have become so unpopular, in fact, that some players have established vigilante death squads to root them out (resulting in the unfortunate targeting of several innocents).
Bethesda attempted to tackle the duping epidemic in previous patches, claiming it would remove certain duping methods, but the dupers have nearly always managed to find alternative ways to cheat. This time, however, Bethesda plans to actively remove the duped items – meaning some people could end up with rather empty inventories.
Today’s maintenance patch, which rolls out at 9am EST (2pm GMT), seeks to “remove items that have been created through duplication exploits from player inventories and stashes”.
“These item removals are part of our ongoing efforts to address exploit abuse and make positive changes for the overall in-game economy,” the post states. “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.”
Although some players have expressed concerns they may have accidentally bought a duped item, Bethesda adds 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”.
While this likely won’t stop more duping in future, it should at least clean up the mess from duping so far. I popped my head back into the duping Discords today, and can confirm they’re in full panic mode.
If successful, the patch could also put a dent in Fallout 76’s grey markets. Should players feel there’s a high chance their duped items will be removed, the wipe may act as a deterrent against paying real money for illicit Fallout 76 items.
The patch should also end the circulation of duped copies of unreleased items from the Fallout 76 dev room, from which items can no longer be taken.
Despite the duped item removals and the loss of my grey market LMG, one thing Bethesda can never take is our knowledge of Wooby. #FreeWooby.