The launch of Fallout 76 has been anything but smooth, a fact recently acknowledged by Bethesda's own Todd Howard during an event held in Boston alongside PAX East. Bugs, issues, controversies, and more have significantly hampered the game since it arrived in November, though Bethesda continues to be confident in the game's future. Part of that future began last month with the free Wild Appalachia update, and it continues into this week with a brand new quest centered around a unique new beast.
Part of the update today is the new quest, Lying Lowe. This mysterious quest kicks off in Lewisburg where a woman named Shelley van Lowe left behind posters looking for her brother who went missing prior to the Great War. Based on the details on the poster, Shelley believes her brother's disappearance was due to the fabled woolly terror of West Virginia, the Sheepsquatch. It will be up to players to discover the truth either by visiting Lewisburg or by picking up a poster from the Atomic Shop and then reading it from the player C.A.M.P in Fallout 76.
Patch 8 also features a few more noteworthy features outside of the Sheepsquatch myth. Players have been asking Bethesda for more ways to customize their equipment, and within this update, players will be able to fully rename their weapons using the Inspect and then Rename option from the Pip-Boy menu. However, custom names won't display for other players who view or are transferred the item.
Bethesda is also aiming to reduce the number of times players need to fast travel adding a vendor from every faction to the Whitespring Resort shops. While only Fallout 76's Enclave won't be represented here, the Cap totals from all seven vendor factions are now going to be combined into a total pool of 1,400 Caps with the goal of giving players a bit more flexibility when making trades with specific factions.
The last piece to this update comes to player C.A.M.P. turrets which are now affected by Fallout 76 PvP damage rules and increased base damage and scaling. While they shouldn't one-shot players, they will no longer deal minimal damage either. Turret attack ranges have also been given a slight boost, helping to keep player bases safer from those who aim to prey on others.
While these updates should no doubt please those who continue to play Fallout 76, goodwill from the community may once again be fairly low as a result of the latest controversy. The previously mentioned Atomic Shop has been a location where players can spend in-game or real money on cosmetic only microtransactions. Bethesda is changing course somewhat by offering Fallout 76 players Basic Repair Kits, an item that repairs damaged player gear and for many, no longer fits the cosmetic-only promise the studio originally made.
Fallout 76 is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.