At this point, glitches and Fallout 76 are something akin to peanut butter and jelly – a pairing so common that it’s strange to think of one without the other. Those glitches reared their head again over the weekend, but this time around, they gave us a look inside an area that has so far been closed off to players: Vault 63. A group of players got stuck in the unfinished vault over the weekend while trying to do a completely unrelated quest, and they were able to give us a look inside.
For an unreleased area, Vault 63 seems to be at least mostly finished. There aren’t any NPCs wandering its halls, but otherwise, it seems the interior is mostly complete, with an Overseer’s office, a common area, kitchen, and even an exit that looks to lead out into a mine. The players who gained access to the area also found a skeleton wearing a Vault 63 jumpsuit and some sort of nuclear reactor.
The photos were posted to the Fallout 76 subreddit by user McStaken, who explains that their group wound up trapped in the vault while attempting the Rad-Rat Horde event. With no way out, McStaken took to Reddit to explain that they were currently trapped and to share the pictures the group had snapped. McStaken said that they submitted a ticket to Bethesda Support about the glitch and sent a tweet to Bethesda on Twitter, but expressed worry that they might be banned for accessing the vault.
Obviously, unknowingly accessing an area because your game glitched out isn’t something that should be ban-worthy regardless of the game, but there is reason to feel that Bethesda may take a hardline against it. After all, the company wound up banning people who accessed a hidden developer room within the game, but the difference there is that those players used known exploits to access to the room and made off with the rare and unreleased weapons it held.
Thankfully, it looks like there’s no ban on the horizon for McStaken and his or her band of merry vault-dwellers. Bethesda told Polygon that McStaken “shouldn’t have to worry about a ban” because they weren’t abusing an exploit to get into Vault 63. Beyond that, Bethesda community manager Jessica Finster suggested on Reddit that Vault 63 will one day be added to the game.
So, this may not be the last time we hear of Vault 63, though Finster’s comment didn’t really give any concrete details about when it might open to everyone or even if the vault’s addition to the game is a sure thing. We’ll just have to sit tight and wait for more details, but for now, enjoy the images that McStaken and their crew took while they were all stuck inside the vault.