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Fallout 76 is back online after patch to fix nukes

Only in Fallout 76 would broken nuclear weapons be considered a bad thing.

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Only in Fallout 76 would broken nuclear weapons be considered a bad thing.

When players attempted to find the codes to launch nuclear weapons in Fallout 76 on January 1st, nothing happened. The codes, which are reset every day to offer a fresh challenge – and to stop people spamming them too easily – didn’t reset on the tick over from 2018 to 2019.

It might sound like a deliberate ceasefire, nuclear disarmament for the new year. It’s fair that most everyone’s resolution should be to be less destructive and horrible to one another.

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But in Fallout 76, nukes are kind of a good thing? Sort of. If you squint a bit.

Yes, they generate significant radioactive fallout and spawn high-level irradiated monsters, but they also give you the opportunity to get some rare loot. They also encourage teamwork, which – in spite of the game’s many flaws – is pretty much its main selling point.

In the new year, however, Fallout 76’s nukes are broken, and it’s not on purpose. (And it’s not the first time a video game nuclear disarmament has happened by accident.)

With Bethesda’s promised fix happening this evening.

And really currently – about 9pm GMT, on January 2nd, at the time of writing – Fallout 76 is just coming back online after Bethesda’s maintenance work to patch the nuke issue.

Now you can get back to nuking one another. Maybe it was better broken?

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