Next week, Bethesda will be launching Fallout 76 Patch 7, the next major update to their latest RPG. While this update is a sizeable one in general, it’s especially notable due to the fact that it will be bringing the first batch of Wild Appalachia DLC content to the game. Of course, it’s also bringing the usual host of new bug-fixes and balance tweaks. In the latter case, the patch will make some changes to both energy and heavy weapons.
Fallout 76 Patch 7: Wild Appalachia DLC, Balance Changes, and Bug Fixes
Bethesda recently revealed the highlights due to feature in Fallout 76 Patch 7 on their ‘Inside the Vault‘ blog. “We’re gearing up to release Patch 7 next week,” explains the studio; “and it contains the first wave of Wild Appalachia game content – including the new Brewing and Distilling crafting system and quests we previewed last week – as well as balance and design changes, and a ton of bug fixes.”
The first big balance change is to energy and heavy weapons. Heavy and semi-auto energy weapons will degrade much more slowly after the patch. In fact, heavy energy weapons should last “four to five times longer”. Meanwhile, semi-auto energy weapons should last twice as long before you need to repair them. The latter weapon type has also gotten a +10% damage boost. Meanwhile, the fire-rate for all “high rate-of-fire automatic weapons” has been increased by +10% as well. Weapon damage for other automatic heavy weapons is up from between 10% to 20%, and automatic ballistic heavy weapons will also degrade more slowly now. Bethesda hasn’t made any weight changes to these weapons, but is planning to do so in a future update.
Another set of tweaks in Patch 7 is being made to the C.A.M.P. system. Certain structures, like Lights and Turrets, will now take up less budget space; the largest of several tweaks to make it easier to build larger C.A.M.P.s. The game will also get new “no-build zones,” which will prevent players from building C.A.M.P.s in areas taken up by new DLC content. Patch 7 will include the first batch of content for Wild Appalachia, the first Fallout 76 DLC release. That first content release is due to launch on the 12th of March, so it seems likely that Patch 7 will launch on the same day. All of this DLC is free for all players. Finally, the patch will be adding a new challenge tracking interface on the game’s map.