Next Fallout 76 Update Will Focus On Balancing Energy And Heavy Weapons

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Those continuing their experience in the West Virginia wasteland know that Bethesda is keeping the fixes and content coming. That said, the upcoming Fallout 76 patch will be taking aim at the balance of energy and heavy weapons.

In the most recent Inside the Vault preview, Bethesda detailed a handful of the things that are to come in the new update, including a new seasonal event, C.A.M.P. adjustments galore, and the balancing of energy and heavy weapons. Here’s what the devs have planned for such weaponry when the update arrives at some point this week:

Energy and Heavy Weapon Balance: In Patch 7, we’re making some adjustments to greatly increase the durability of many energy and heavy weapons and increasing their damage so you can take down enemies more easily, spend less time repairing, and more time looting. Here are the details:

  • Energy Weapons
    • For heavy and semi-auto energy weapons, we’ve greatly reduced the amount of condition damage they take per shot. Your heavy energy weapons should now last four to five times longer, and semi-auto energy weapons should last twice as long before needing repairs.
    • We’ve also given semi-auto energy weapons an additional damage boost of +10% so they have a little more bite.
  • Heavy Weapons
    • We’ve reduced the fire-rate for high rate-of-fire automatic heavy weapons across the board and increased their damage by +10%. Adjusting these weapons’ fire-rates gave us more room for a damage increase, which will help them punch through armor more effectively without increasing their baseline damage per second too high.
    • Weapon damage for all other automatic heavy weapons has been increased by 10% to 20%.
    • Like energy weapons above, we’ve significantly reduced the condition damage that automatic ballistic heavy weapons take per shot, and they should now last about four times longer before they need to visit a weapons workbench.
  • We know that many of you have also been asking for weight changes for heavy weapons. While we haven’t addressed this in Patch 7, we do plan to make improvements with a future update and we will let you know as soon as we have more details to share.

Needless to say, it’s looking like a bit more balance is on the way for Fallout 76 players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can read the rest of the patch notes previewed by Bethesda right here. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:

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