It's not easy being a Fallout 76 fan. When Bethesda's live-service, multiplayer-only approach to the Fallout series was released in late 2018, it was met with less-than-critical acclaim.
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A security lapse exposed user data online, and there is an entire thing about a collector's canvas bag that was not. Even today, Fallout 76 feels like a work-in-progress with bugs, network issues, and more of a smooth experience.
There's the r / ff subreddit, which unluckled the r / fallout subreddit, which was built around Fallout 76. There's also Bethesda's official Fallout 76 forums, both are often reliable spaces for constructive Fallout 76 discussion.
But following the announcement of Fallout 76 1st, the r / FO76 subreddit's front page is alight with mostly criticism.
"This is an out-of-season April's [sic] Fool joke? "asks one Reddit thread," Blizzcon 2018 following the Diablo Immortal Reveals. "
" One Redditor writes. "Unlimited component stash space is the real dagger."
"I've stuck with Fallout 76, believing Bethesda was acting in good faith towards player's feedback. More stash space, ways to extend food life, and other requests were highly publicized. I believe this feedback would be better for all players. In Bethesda launches an inferior product. [E] Special when Bethesda launches an inferior product. Actually, I feel it is unethical. "
A subscription fee for private servers is not all that novel. Games like Minecraft charge players for the right to host their private servers. The difference is that Minecraft is a well-established online multiplayer game with a robust, functioning world.
Fallout 76 This process is not finished. One of Fallout's most anticipated DLCs, Wastelanders, which introduces NPCs and branching dialogue options, which is delayed. Watch out for IGN's Fallout 76 video review below.
Pete Hines during an interview with GameSpot. Hines told that while the Atom Shop wants to make cosmetic purchases only, "all the DLC, all the post-launching stuff – is going to be free. That's important. "
However, Bethesda pre-empted this quote and resumed it in a press release earlier this week. "Our approach to these items at launch. Fallout 76 fresh and exciting for all we need to rethink our approach to the atomic shop. "
Safe to say this bungled messaging and poor timing is just the latest misstep in Fallout 76's ongoing narrative. Fallout 76's most loyal fans want to be able to stomach.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.