Like all online multiplayer games, Fallout 76 has its fair share of cheaters. Although hacks and exploits generally aim to provide the player an unfair advantage, a newly discovered cheat seems to be more destructive. Earlier this week, Fallout 76 players reported having their entire inventories stolen by cheaters. Later on, a video surfaced showing the horrifying exploit in action.
According to the video author, the new inventory steal hack allowed them to steal the items of hundreds of Fallout 76 players.
The issue quickly gained traction, and Bethesda addressed the situation in a recent update post. However, their response seemingly downplayed the impact of the cheat which reportedly affected over 500 players.
“We are investigating reports of a PC-only exploit that could be abused by cheaters, which may have resulted in a few players losing items that their characters had equipped,” writes Bethesda. “We have been actively working toward a solution for this and have a fix that we are currently evaluating for release today.”
Bethesda notes that the cheat only impacted a “small number of characters”, and that the developers consider this issue their “top priority”. Judging from the response, however, it is apparent that the community doesn’t consider 500 to be a small number. In fact, for a game struggling to maintain a lively player base, this incident doesn’t bode well for the future of Fallout 76.
Fortunately, while Bethesda works on a fix, they are offering help to the victims. The developer is “looking into ways” in which affected players can be compensated. If you’re a victim of the cheat, you can inform Bethesda and seek help by writing up a support ticket here.
Currently, the issue is only affecting PC, and other platforms are safe from the exploit. The PC version of Fallout 76 will be undergoing maintenance later today to deploy a fix.