Fallout 76 Players Discovered A Secret Dev Room, Got Banned

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Fallout 76 players have discovered a hidden area that is supposed to be reserved for developers, and Bethesda is reportedly responding with bans for those who exploit it. The hidden "dev room" can't be accessed through normal means, but it contains every item in the game, including some that aren't even released to the public yet.

Eurogamer reports that the developer room first began circulating a few weeks ago, but knowledge of how to access it has recently become more widespread. Inside is an human NPC named Wooby, notable because the game has no human NPCs. It also houses several containers of different sorted items--altogether accounting for every item in the game. One box labeled "All Scrap" even had plans for unreleased items like various paint jobs for the Power Armor. Fans have speculated that armor is planned for an upcoming expansion.

Players have reportedly attempted to sell the ill-gotten items on the Market 76 subreddit, which has already banned users for trying to do so. Meanwhile, Bethesda appears to be issuing bans to at least some players who use the forbidden area, though it's unclear if this applies to anyone who has entered.

This has led some particularly unscrupulous players to make mule accounts to grab the items and then transfer them to new accounts before the mule gets banned. While the recipient accounts have remained untouched so far, presumably Bethesda will be able to track these item trades too, so don't try this at home. A more permanent fix to disallow entry into the dev room is likely in the works.

This isn't a new phenomenon. Other Bethesda games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim have had their own dev rooms, made for developers to test new items, and players have found them through console commands on PC. Those were single-player games, though, so there was no real harm in letting players go buck wild with extra loot. Fallout 76, by contrast, has no console commands, but players found a break-in method regardless.

This is the latest in a series of headaches for Bethesda surrounding Fallout 76. The online game faced controversy over its canvas bags for special editions, then the fix for that problem led to a personal data leak. Most recently the new year rung in a new bug that disabled the nuclear launch silos, one of its bigger late-game features. Bethesda has continued to stay the course regarding support for its game, though, outlining upcoming features.

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Bethesda should ban the console MAC Address if they want to make a statement. I fully support any bans of players guilty of duplicated items and exploiting.

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So how does one enter this room. I dont even have this game but curious to see how players figured it out.

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Hahaha, well deserved to all those Bethesda fanboys, maybe now you wake up because only a Bethesda fanboy can play this garbage to begin with.

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@phili878: you mad bro?

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@Oren76:

Nice try Bethesda fanboy

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@phili878: why so salty?

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@jsprunk: Why ask? Salty yourself ?

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@phili878: Nah breh. I love Fallout and Bethesda games.

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If there is anything in the EULA that says otherwise, I'm pretty sure the entirety of the Fallout 76 game world isn't off limits. That room is part of the map no matter how hidden it is. Players should not have been banned.

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@scatterbrain007: depends on how they get into the room. and last i checked, banned are almost always handed out for people who used bugged to get items in the game, or in this case, every item in the game and then some.

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For a game that’s supposedly so bad there sure seems to be a lot of people playing it/interested in it.

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So let me get this right your banning people for accessing a developers room that should have been patched out in the final release candidate version. So instead of saying hey thanks for finding an exploit we'll patch it out ASAP your just banning players that actually play the game.

It should be a simple fix through a patch.

Patch out the exploit to the dev room. And patch out the illegitimate items similar to blizzards dust storm patch they did for diablo 2.

They're should be no reason to ban players for their sloppiness.

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I've never seen a game company screw up so much in such a short period of time. Admittedly I never wanted an online Fallout and am somewhat relieved to see it failing, but I like BGS's single player games and don't want the studio to go under. They better get their act together for Starfield and TESVI.

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@Iamkalell: You haven't been gaming long have you? I'm loving Fallout76, bugs, problems, blah blah blah. Game is just fun. I could list dozens of games that launched with game breaking bugs way worse than FO76. But hey, keep reading the fake news instead of trying it for yourself.

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@Oren76: I'm 40 and been playing games since I was 4. Me not playing it has nothing to do with the bugs. I'm not playing it because it's an online game.

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@Iamkalell: Then you should be aware that much of the negative writeupson the game are fueled by people being mad at Bethesda for not making FO5 or Skyrim 2. But hey, join the pity-party and bash a game without all the facts stripping would-be players of a great gaming experience.

Countless people are slowly getting in the boat of "WOW this game is awesome, glad I actually tried it"

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@Iamkalell: And you need to realize that while this game is not for you there is an audience that did and do want this type of game - and are enjoying it for what it is. And I wholeheartedly laugh at your assertion that you've been playing games since you were 4. Even if true, why is it relevant and what significant knowledge about gaming do you pertain from an age you likely remember nothing from?

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@dlCHIEF58: He asked how long I had been gaming (basically). Of course my memories of playing at that age are fuzzy, but he asked and that's the answer.

I really don't care that there's an audience for the game. It's not the type of game I like and it has the potential to ruin a game series and game studio that I love. If you like it that's fine, but other people liking it has no impact on my opinion of the game.

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@Iamkalell: Your comment stating that it has the potential to ruin a game series is quite ludicrous. For one this game was made by a different studio than the main Bethesda Games Studio that makes the traditional Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. Your baseless hate (and I say baseless because the only reason you state is because it is online and offer no other criticisms) however does have a possibility to ruin a spin-off game that myself and many others do enjoy - especially since you have stated it is nothing you would play anyway for some stupid reason.

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@dlCHIEF58: Hope you're right. I don't hate the game, it's just not my type of game and I don't want future BGS games to follow suit.

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@Iamkalell: you are the typical fo76 rager. Haven't played. Game is not for you. Yet you feel the need to bash. Why? Because you wanted Skyrim 2.

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@Oren76: None of my comments were meant to come off as rage. I haven't bashed the game even once. But yes, it's not the game I wanted. What I wanted was for FO76 to have an offline single player option with mod support. When they add private servers and mod support I will probably play it.

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@Iamkalell: I can respect that, I applaud you for a mature attitude regarding that. You don't have anything to worry about, it is safe to say the traditional games will continue alongside this spin-off title much as standard platform Mario games are still being made despite spin-offs like Mario Cart, Mario Tennis, Mario RPG and others. Taking a franchise in a different direction for one game does not signal the death of the genre that spawned it.

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It's due to them introducing loot boxes soon.

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i am outraged?

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@attirex: correct

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Yeah ban the few players left actually interested in exploring your terrible game.

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