A post on Reddit by Bethesda today thanks Fallout 76 players for participating in the beta, says the development team been reading comments and listening to feedback, and lays out plans for some changes coming to Fallout 76 at launch or post-launch. It also states what won’t be changing, and it’s not great news.
On the plus side, ultrawide resolutions will be supported after Fallout 76 launches on November 14, according to the post. That’s not a big surprise since an ini tweak handled 21:9 well with the exception of the UI, but it’s still good news that official support is coming at some point.
For those hoping an FOV slider would be added, there’s the bad news: it won’t be. “We haven’t supported FOV sliders in our previous games as it is known to break a lot of animations and causes a lot of clipping to occur onscreen. You do have the option to zoom out in third person on PC by holding View and moving the mousewheel, but we won’t be able to have it for first person view.” Boo. Hopefully we’ll find a new way to adjust it ourselves, despite the last patch locking it.
Push-to-talk, another absent yet common-sense feature, is being considered but isn’t certain. “Our goal with voice chat being on by default is to highlight that the world is alive with real people, other players like you,” the post says. “We like to start with encouraging player interaction and will look into adding this in the future.”
Unfortunately, the lack of push-to-talk is having the opposite effect because we’re all busy muting players who are filling the game with constant background noise. Some are playing with open mics and no headsets, which means we’re being fed not just their personal noise but the noise of the game itself coming back through their mics.
There’s also no mention in the Reddit post of text chat, another missing feature which would help everyone communicate, especially deaf players, those hard of hearing, and anyone else who would prefer to type and read rather than talk and listen, for any number of reasons. Text chat is also a good way to detect and filter abusive language in an online game. I am 100% baffled by the complete omission of text chat. We have keyboards on PC. Let us use them. For some, it’s their only option.
Getting back to something positive, the 400 pound base stash size will be enlarged at some point in the future. Players have been asking for this quite strenuously almost since the beta began, and having just hit the stash limit myself during Tuesday’s beta, I’m looking forward for some extra storage room as well.
You can read the full post from Bethesda here on Reddit.
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