Fallout 76 Articles
Bethesda has taken the rare step of debunking today's Fallout 76 rumor that it would be going free to play. The rumor stemmed from copies of the game reportedly being pulled from brick-and-mortar stores. This led some Redditors to opine that Fallout 76 would soon be going free to play. However, Bethesda, in response to a Twitter user demanding a refund if the rumors are true, simply said, "There is no truth to this rumor."
The latest Fallout 76 "Inside the Vault" newsletter has been published and it's packed full of news and information about what the team has been working on, what players can expect in the coming weeks and months. The letter offers information about bug fixing, closing exploits, Patch 5 news and "a new way of playing the game that remove[s] PvP restrictions".
The Fallout 76 site has been updated with a new developer post that offers players a bit of information about a large patch that will be deployed on January 14th. Players can look forward to fixes to Challenges and quests, as well as "various fixes to a number of Perks and weapons and tackling various exploits we've seen".
The Bethesda blog has been updated with a very brief note to wish the Fallout 76 community a happy new year. Devs report that a "big update that will address many of the issues you've been providing feedback on" is coming soon and that patch notes will be published in the near future. In addition, the team promises a number of big features will be coming to FO76 throughout 2019.
If you own a PC copy of Fallout 76 and have logged in to the game before the end of 2018, you'll be pleased to hear that Bethesda is providing you with a copy of the Fallout Classic Collection for free. Think of it as sort of an "apology without anyone actually saying they're sorry" kind of thing or just as a nicely unexpected holiday gift. According to the Bethesda Twitter, "the entitlement is expected to go live in early January".
As the year winds down, the Fallout 76 team has deployed the final update of the year. The letter from the FO76 team goes on to give a preview of what players can expect going forward into 2019, most notably for the time after the start of the new year.
The Atomic Shop is the premium currency "mall" in Fallout 76. Players use real world money to purchase the virtual currency called Atoms, though Atoms can also be earned in-game. Currently, players can purchase 500 Atoms for about $5, 1100 Atoms for $9.99, 2400 Atoms for about $20 and 5000 Atoms for $40. Wily holiday elves on the Fallout 76 Reddit, however, are none too happy about the prices for limited time Christmas items (and others) in the shop.
After criticism for undocumented changes in past patches, the Fallout 76 team is showing that it took the community's feedback to heart. Today's update notes are extensive and include a "highlights" section as well as detailed notes across a broad array of adjusted features, bug fixes and more.
In the latest in a series of blunders, it appears that a glitch in the Bethesda Support System has led to customer information being leaked to other users. According to Kotaku, users were given access "to parts of Bethesda's support system, including the ability to open and close tickets, as well as check out customer's personal information" which includes credit card information. The issue has since been resolved according to a Bethesda representative.
In his latest provocative editorial over at GameSpace.com, Poorna Shankar has written a piece entitled "Fallout 76 Must Fail". Poorna believes that FO76 must fail both commercially and critically since most companies only pay attention to the bottom line, namely financial gain. "Bad ideas, and bad executions of bad ideas, must fail".
You may remember the Great Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition Canvas Bag Kerfuffle from last week about the last minute replacement of the canvas tote with a cheap nylon one. If you are a Power Armor Edition owner, happy days are here again. According to the Bethesda Twitter account, you're now able to submit a ticket and a replacement CANVAS bag will be sent. Tickets will need to be submitted by January 31, 2019.
The launch of Fallout 76 has been fraught with issues and complaints from the community. Over two weeks after launch, the headaches for Bethesda just keep coming. The latest kerfuffle is centered around the $200 Power Armor Edition of the game that was packed with all sorts of goodies including a helmet and a spiffy canvas bag...at least theoretically. Buyers have been shocked to find that, on receiving the Power Armor Edition, the canvas bag had been replaced by a cheap nylon bag.
In a new post on the Fallout 76 Reddit, Bethesda developers have acknowledged players' frustration and anger over issues they're encountering in the game and about the lack of communication coming from the team. The letter goes on to inform the community that patch notes will be released in a more timely fashion and details some of the things players can expect in the near future including a stash limit increase and QoL improvements.
A Washington D.C.-based law firm called Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is reportedly investigating Bethesda for "deceptive trade practices". The firm is heavily vested in consumer protection law as evidenced by case studies in civil rights, environmental contamination, and unfair and deceptive trade practices. The investigation into Bethesda is based on players seemingly being unable to receive refunds for their purchases and for "releasing a heavily-glitched game".
As I watch reviews, both player and press, roll in for Fallout 76 I get a distinct sense of déjà vu. I loved Auto Assault. I think I'm not alone there, but you wouldn't know it by looking at press and player reception to Netdevil's ill-fated car-driving MMORPG from the early 2000s.