Is Bethesda Breaking Another Promise With Fallout 76?

Fallout 76 doesn’t want to get positive attention, it seems…

The players don’t like the new Repair Kit, which will come with the 8th patch in two forms: Basic and Improved. Bethesda says The Improved one will have rare items that [Bethesda] plan to award to you for free as you take on various types of in-game content,” and the Basic ones „will be unlockable in the Atomic Shop using Atoms you’ve purchased or those you’ve earned for free by completing in-game challenges.” This is where the issue is, and on Reddit, it’s explained in detail: you can find these items at the same place as the cosmetic – and overpriced – items. You can buy Basic Repair Kits with money, which makes the gameplay easier…

Bethesda says the following: „[…] Repair Kits were a popular request that we wanted to get into players’ hands […] we’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well,” Bethesda said.

One comment says the following: „I’m just concerned over the slippery slope effect regarding potential paid items that DO affect gameplay directly; something Bethesda said they wouldn’t do. I’d be satisfied with the ability to make atoms a little more easily as a trade-off.” Another user says: „I don’t mind that someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to play the game, but can contribute money to help the game development is able to get some convenience items to make their short play time more enjoyable. As long as it’s reasonable and only a convenience and not a major advantage. What I do have a problem within the case of repair kits as Atoms only, is that it is a band-aid solution to horrible weapon durability in the game, and incentivizes them to keep it in this awful state. Couple that with caps becoming less useful in the late game […]” And a third one: „[This] kind of business model makes sense for a free-to-play game that needs to monetise SOMETHING, but I paid full price up front for Fallout 76. As did many others. With the promise that future content would be free. This is future content. That isn’t free. That’s a broken promise, and that matters, if this goes live as expected.”

So Fallout 76, which has been out for months, is still going, but with these moves, it’s not going to get a lot of praise…

Source: PCGamer

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