That Fallout 76 hack last month sure did set a lot of players back. Three people here at Addicted to Play even lost their entire inventories, but it looks like there’s finally a fix in place. The problem is that it’s not as simple as just replacing lost gear, and Bethesda wants to make right on its promise to “compensate players for their losses” at some point down the road. Well, that point has arrived, but the fix is far from simple, so don’t expect your inventory to be restored tomorrow.
The fix in place was revealed late last week by redditors Boavisteiro and Jedediahjedi, and believe it or not, you’re going to get a clone of your pre-hack character. In an e-mail sent to impacted players, Bethesda said,
Once restored, this character will have the entire inventory of items, gear, and scrap (100% of your stuff) that it possessed on December 20, 2019. In addition, we will be providing you with 8250 Atoms to help you in your adventures.
That 8,250 Atoms, by the way, is actually a very nice piece of compensation. When you consider that a bundle of 5,000 Atoms will set you back $40 on the Microsoft store, that’s at least $60 worth of free Atoms. However, there’s still something left to do if you want to be made whole – you’ll need to merge the inventory of your clone with the inventory of your player. It’s not quite that simple, either. To do so, you’ll need to set up a “Secure Trade transfer service” with a Bethesda customer service agent that will meet you on a private server to swap your stuff around.
So, a simple malicious script can steal all your stuff, but Bethesda can’t just give it back. It feels like this should be incredibly simple and yet, here we are, talking aobut off-the-books alley meetups with shady Bethesda agents. Either way, at least it’s a fix, and you can get your stuff back. Props to Bethesda for that. Now if only they could make Fallout 76 what is should have been in the first place.