I’ve had the empty ammo boxes problem when playing as a client while a friend ran the host, and noticed something that might help shine a light on what is going on.
It seems this has something to do with how much ammo I’m humping at the moment. For instance after emptying all 7.62mm ammunition I had (some +300 rounds) into some harvesters (the first we encountered) I suddenly started finding ammunition again. It was mostly 7.62mm but with a few in other calibres now and then. After I had built up some stock again the ammo boxes dried up.
Throwing out all birdshot for the shotgun also resulted in me getting some ammo again from the ammo boxes, but again it soon dried up.
This resulted in me throwing away all .32ACP ammo, but as before the ammo boxes soon dried up again.
I have no idea of exactly what it is that trigger this. It could be total number of shells, total number of types of ammunition or some other thing, but it does seem that packing away ammo for future use in desperate times is verboten.
Now I don’t know how much ammo my friend was humping at the time, but he never had the ammo boxes turn up empty, at least not to the degree that he noticed anything strange.
I admit that I do have a habit of hoarding all ammo I come across in games, but it’s the first time I’ve run into a game that seems to do all it can to curb this. As I already had run out of space in my backpack and had to prioritize it was already self regulating so I don’t see why they would want to do this.
I’d also like to note that I have not played GZ single player at all so I have no idea if the same thing happens there. The totally whacked up save system with shared world between characters has curbed any attempt at this. After all what good is it to try to run a new char through the game when all boxes have been looted and all weapons are gone. And I don’t want to delete my MP char just so I can do a SP run. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. If they wanted a way to transfer equipment from one char to another then the easy way would have been a shared stash like any normal game does it, but nooo…