UPDATE - December 5, 2018 8:55pm ET
Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout 76 servers are now back online for all platforms.
#Fallout76 Servers are now back online. Thank you for your patience.— Bethesda Support (@BethesdaSupport) December 6, 2018
Just a day after going down for scheduled maintenance for the December 4 Patch 22.214.171.124, Fallout 76 servers have once again been brought offline.
Fallout 76 has had a bit of a rough road since the game released in November, as many players have spoken out about various issues both inside and outside the game.
Betheasda has been hard at work trying to fix many of the grievances from the community, which has led to a number of extended maintenance sessions during the game's short lifespan.
On December 5, Bethesda confirmed on Twitter that Fallout 76 servers will be going down for maintenance for a period of two hours.
#Fallout76 players: Servers will be going down on all platforms around 6:30 p.m. EST (23:30 UTC). Downtime will last around two hours. For more information, review the forum post here: https://t.co/7HFJvQBDWx— Bethesda Support (@BethesdaSupport) December 5, 2018
In a post on Bethesda's website, the downtime was said to be for all platforms as the company aims to address an unexpected service issue.
We’re planning to bring Fallout 76 offline for maintenance across all platforms around 6:30 p.m. EST (23:30 UTC) to apply a hotfix that will address a service issue. We currently expect downtime will last around two hours. This timeframe may shift depending on our needs during maintenance, but we’ll be sure to let you know if that happens. We’ll also update this thread as soon as downtime is complete.
It might sound a bit odd for Bethesda to take the game offline just a day after the last major patch dropped, but it sounds as though there was an urgent issue they wanted to get taken care of as soon as possible.
This won't be the last time that the game will likely go offline in 2018, however, as Bethesda has already confirmed at least two more major patches set to drop on December 11 and 18.
Both patches will follow in the vein of the December 4 patch as the game is undergoing a number of changes to respond to player feedback.
After addressing many of the major server issues the game presented at launch, Bethesda has now been digging into the actual gameplay to balance things out for the player base heading into 2019.