Fallout 76 is a game that has gone through a lot of ups and downs over the years. When it was originally released back in 2018, the game was considered a massive letdown by players, but a lot of dedicated work from Bethesda and fans alike has led it back into the spotlight. However, now that Fallout 76 is tweaking the way that Stimpaks work, it appears that the title’s dark past still looms heavily on players’ minds.
Stimpaks are a type of consumable that players can encounter, purchase, and craft throughout the Fallout series. They consist of a retro-futuristic auto-injector loaded with a variety of medications and stimulants, allowing them to serve as healing items. Stimpaks provide a rapid healing effect to players when used, making them a useful tool when it comes to surviving the post-apocalyptic ruins of Appalachia.
Bethesda recently made some changes to the way that Stimpaks function in the world of Fallout 76. The news was revealed in the patch notes for the announcement that Invaders from Beyond Update for Fallout 76 had arrived in the Public Test Server. According to the notes, Stimpaks and Diluted Stimpaks have had their weight and prices both reduced by a good 25%. Additionally, players who frequent Medical Vending Machines may notice that an increased number of these items will appear inside.
Redditor macadow began complaining about the news immediately, accusing Bethesda of being out of touch with the Fallout 76 community. They asserted that few players bought Stimpaks and Diluted Stimpaks from Medical Vending Machines, so the update was irrelevant. While this may seem like a harsh stance to take, it appears that other fans are actively concerned that the Stimpak changes could break the game. Bethesda has a history of releasing Fallout games with serious glitches, and Fallout 76 is no exception.
Several users replied to macadow’s post expressing fears that this change could negatively impact gameplay. A group of users began discussing the possibility that the Stimpak changes could lead to serious and potentially game-breaking bugs in other items, including the series’ iconic powered armor. Other users noted that they did not buy Stimpaks from vending machines and had no intentions to start. A few users noted that the changes to Stimpak prices could impact them, as they made a habit of selling Stimpaks to vendors every day. For the most part, however, it seems that Fallout 76 players expect the worst from this change.
Fallout 76 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.