The in-game item, available for $7, has players pushing back against Bethesda for violating rules that were established back when the game first launched.
Some companies just don’t seem to learn, do they? Despite the disastrous launch of Fallout 76 last year, the game has (somehow) managed to keep on trucking, going so far as to actually garner a fairly substantial player-base. Look, weirder things have happened, but I never thought Bethesda’s notoriously buggy open-world survival multiplayer game was going to make it past a year. Despite the atrocious reviews the game garnered and the copious amounts of fan outrage, it’s managed to keep its head above water even with some shady business practices which just keep on rearing their ugly faces.
The shady practice this time is the inclusion of the Atom Shop refrigerator, an in-game item that allows players to store their food and consumables and slow the spoilage rate by 50%. It’s an incredibly useful item that’s unfortunately been locked behind $7 of your real-world money, despite Bethesda insisting that microtransactions would only be used to purchase cosmetic items in Fallout 76. If you’re keeping score against Bethesda’s other weird pricing models, that’s $2 cheaper than the Automatron expansion pack for Fallout 4, which added way more than just a fridge.
The Fallout 76 subreddit is currently on fire (more so than usual), requesting that Bethesda re-evaluate their pricing choices as it violates what was promised at the game’s launch, alongside the fact that R100 for a stupid fridge is kinda ludicrous. Another day in 2019, another stupid mistake from Bethesda.
Last Updated: September 11, 2019