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Fans accuse Bethesda of Collector’s Edition bait-and-switch, Bethesda offers in-game currency as compensation

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Bethesda’s having a tough time. Fallout 76’s reception hasn’t quite gone the way they’d anticipated. Many long-time Fallout fans hate the game, and not just because it’s filled with bugs. Bugs are the sorts of things you expect in Bethesda games, but the experiences are engaging enough to look past them. When the experience itself is lacking, it’s a little harder to look past the fact that the game seems to be held together with duct tape.

Bethesda has acknowledged that the game isn’t in the best state, and has outlined a roadmap for patching to make it a better experience for players. Now though, players are complaining about more issues. More specifically, people who bought the very expensive Collector’s Edition are complaining that Bethesda’s pulled a bait-and-switch.

Here’s what the $200, R4000 Power Armour Edition was advertised to include:

  • Base Game w/ Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.
  • Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with a Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp, and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.
  • Glow-in-the Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow in the dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns, and wildlife.
  • 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures, and more to life.
  • Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!

People who bought the CE got all of that, only the advertised canvas bag was instead made out of nylon, which is a cheaper, iffier material. After filing complaints about the material used, users say they’ve received a blanket message:

“Due to unavailability of materials, we had to switch to a nylon carrying case in the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition,” the response reads. “We hope this doesn’t prevent anyone from enjoying what we feel is one of our best collector’s editions.”

After a little more outcry, Bethesda responded on Twitter:

To make up for it, Bethesda is giving CE owners 500 in-game Atoms. Hilariously, as PC Gamer’s Chris Livingston points out, that’s not enough to buy the Fallout 76 postman skin…which comes with a digital canvas bag.

Last Updated: November 29, 2018

40 Comments

  1. PestControl

    November 29, 2018 at 10:27

    Bethesda pulling an EA?

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    • HvR

      November 29, 2018 at 11:14

      Not yet, they haven’t pulled out the “well if you do not like do not play it” card.

      Incidentally what is happening with Battlefield V which is also on sale for 50% off

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      • Magoo

        November 29, 2018 at 11:17

        Its is?! Where? I want.

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        • HvR

          November 29, 2018 at 11:19

          Console copies in US and UK markets

          But hold out for 3 weeks probably be 70% by Xmas everywhere

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          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 11:22

            Double boo!

        • For the Emperor!

          November 29, 2018 at 13:19

          No! Resits!

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          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 13:25

            Aw come on. Did you read Kervyn’s review? Looks pretty decent actually. Unless you are one of those people still stuck up on the inclusion of disabled people.

          • For the Emperor!

            November 29, 2018 at 13:42

            No, I am stuck on the “don’t like it don’t buy it” thing as well as the “if you don’t like it you are a racist/ablist/chauvinist etc”. Nothing puts me off buying a game or seeing a movie quite as fast as that. Plus…I last played battlefield like 12+ years ago 😛

            PS: I could not care less about the inclusion of females or disabled people in the game. It is just a game after all.

          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 14:32

            Why do you want me to resist buying it? 🙁

          • For the Emperor!

            November 29, 2018 at 14:49

            Because you have not yet bought it. Was the price the only reason? Then by all means buy it on special then! Your money, do as you wish. I am actually resisting buying all games as my backlog is toooooooo large 🙂

          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 15:30

            Pretty much just the price. And I do have a few ranch available since I didn’t find any specials on Blops4.

          • I_am_Duffman!

            November 29, 2018 at 13:44

            I haven’t put a lot of hours into it yet, but we are really enjoying BFV. So far it feels a lot better than BF1.

          • Pariah

            November 29, 2018 at 16:28

            Wait, they included Cheddar in the game?!

          • HvR

            November 29, 2018 at 16:38

          • Pariah

            November 29, 2018 at 16:41

            That’s far more epic than it has any right to be. 😀 😀 😀

  2. Gustav Willem Diedericks

    November 29, 2018 at 10:27

    If you preorder any “AAA” title nowadays, including CEs, you should be mocked. Nothing worth the money has been released by the gaming industry in years, and to top it all off this is not the first time that gamers got screwed on pre-orders.
    While I do believe those that ordered the CE should complain to the respective marketing amd industry watchdogs, they should also hold themselves responsible for being the idiots that continue to support an industry, in the manner that they do, that is notorious for doing their customers in.

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    • Kromas

      November 29, 2018 at 11:02

      I like CEs. I collect them. Telling me I should be mocked because of your preferences is stupid and you should be mocked.

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      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        November 29, 2018 at 11:10

        I also like CEs, and used to buy them. Then people started to get screwed over, getting worthless CEs. So I stopped. I had the sense to realize I was fueling a power-hungry industry now only out to screw their customers. If you didn’t, after all this time, then you should be mocked, because you became part of the problem instead of the solution.

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      • Pariah

        November 29, 2018 at 11:04

        I agree with his pre-order thing, but yeah CE’s are another thing entirely. The market is different, so while I think it’s a waste of money, it’s not something that you should mock people over. Getting something that’s worse than what’s advertised is a dick move. Even if the game is shyte, there’s no reason to do that for a CE.

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        • Kromas

          November 29, 2018 at 13:06

          That I agree with. Hell I own a Farcry 4 CE that I have not even typed in the game code. But at least I did get everything that was promised.

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          • For the Emperor!

            November 29, 2018 at 13:15

            I have an Injustice CE that is still sealed in box. Already finished the game, and got the CE at rAge for cheaper than the standard game a year later 😛

          • Kromas

            November 29, 2018 at 13:22

            Yeah I got the Alien:CM CE at rage for R50 …. now that was a deal for a model and something I dare not try to play.

          • Kromas

            November 29, 2018 at 13:22

            Yeah I got the Alien:CM CE at rage for R50 …. now that was a deal for a model and something I dare not try to play.

          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 13:17

            I can haz?

          • Kromas

            November 29, 2018 at 13:25

            To be honest. I have no idea where the disk is at this particular time. Probs packed away in a box.

          • Magoo

            November 29, 2018 at 14:27

            I can’t haz.

      • Gustav Willem Diedericks

        November 29, 2018 at 11:10

        I also like CEs, and used to buy them. Then people started to get screwed over, getting worthless CEs. So I stopped. I had the sense to realize I was fueling a power-hungry industry now only out to screw their customers. If you didn’t, after all this time, then you should be mocked, because you became part of the problem instead of the solution.

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        • Kromas

          November 29, 2018 at 11:22

          Once again that is your opinion yet you still don’t get it. Every single CE I own (apart from maybe Diablo:RoS stuff) was worth it for me. Maybe you just buy games from shit companies? Hell my remote control car from Mass effect Andromeda gets more use than the actual game did. So yeah your opinion is stupid and you should be mocked.

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          • Gustav Willem Diedericks

            November 30, 2018 at 20:53

            Yes, WORTH IT TO YOU. That’s not the point I’m trying to make. The point I am making is that BUYING ANYTHING ON PREORDER, which always includes CEs, FUELS THE PROBLEM. If you get screwed, it is PARTIALLY YOUR FAULT, as the industry has PROVEN OVER AND OVER, that it is willing to SCREW YOU OVER.

            That is the point I’m making. GET IT?

          • Pariah

            November 30, 2018 at 21:54

            Except that the preorder bit has nothing to do with the collector’s edition contents being different to what was advertised. What you’re talking about is the game, which despite popular opinion, Kromas enjoys. That’s not what the issue is though. If you’re sold an electric toothbrush but instead get a non-electric one without being informed, would you be like “I should NOT have bought that toothbrush before opening the box.”

            So your point is not the same point as his. You’re arguing past each other. And chill out. Behaving like that is basically asking for people to mock you.

      • For the Emperor!

        November 29, 2018 at 11:10

        Yeah, the pre-order risk is supposed to be on the game itself (which is mock-worthy), but the risk should NOT be on the CE items!

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        • For the Emperor!

          November 29, 2018 at 11:12

          If the Soul Calibur CE had a Mitsurugi statue, I would have taken it!

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        • Pariah

          November 29, 2018 at 11:12

          In a meaningful way – it increases the value of CE’s without a copy of the game.

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  3. Viper_ZA

    November 29, 2018 at 10:52

    What a bunch of money grabbing shits.

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  4. Skittle

    November 29, 2018 at 10:57

    Fallout 76, the gift that keeps giving

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  5. Magoo

    November 29, 2018 at 11:02

    When will gamers learn the freaking lesson.

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  6. RinceThis

    November 29, 2018 at 11:04

    suck it up snowflakes!

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  7. Pariah

    November 29, 2018 at 11:04

    The game and the CE – made of naai-lon.

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  8. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    November 29, 2018 at 12:19

    Well, they did buy into it.

    Reply

  9. Ghost In The Rift

    November 29, 2018 at 12:29

    WAHAHA!!

    Reply

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