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No, Fallout 76 is not going free-to-play

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Fallout 76’s launch has been a little on the disastrous side for Bethesda. The publisher and studio usually hits nothing but homeruns, but this latest excursion to the post-apocalyptic wasteland has struck out. The game, unfortunately, removes or hampers just about everything that makes Fallout compelling; the NPC’s, the rich story-telling and the solitary, desolate exploration. While the game still has some ardent, regular players, it’s far removed from the adoration that Fallout games usually get.

There’s no better evidence of this than the regular and frequent sales of the game; it’s often possible to pick Fallout 76 up for half its launch price, just months after release. Because of it’s sorta-but-not-really MMO-esque nature, there have since been rumours that that Fallout 76 will be going free to play, following in the footsteps of other premium online games that aren’t doing especially well. The rumour was given fuel by seemingly made-up reports about stock shortages of the physical version of the game in Australia, prompting frothing from some who’d bought the game for its full launch price. Bethesda has rightly shot down the rumour, hopefully putting an end to the rumours.

Just over a week ago, Fallout 76 received its first major patch since release, fixing more than 150 issues – but right now, Fallout 76’s biggest value has come in the bundling of Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics. We are…not especially big fans of Fallout 76. In our review, we said:

“Fallout 76’s mundane quest and lifeless story put too much weight on the aged combat and trivial crafting for them to bear. It’s a multiplayer experiment with far too many flaws to put up with, both in its limiting player interactions and its woeful technical polish. Fallout with friends is still an idea that could work one, but that’s not what Fallout 76 is serving up.”

Are you still playing and enjoying Fallout 76?

Last Updated: January 23, 2019


  1. Richard Scott

    January 23, 2019 at 12:24

    Should make it free to play, then give those that paid for the game equal value of in-game currency to compensate. At the moment I think people are making sure they avoid it at all costs. If the game were to become free to play with micro-transactions it might tempt people to test the waters.


    • Pariah

      January 23, 2019 at 12:40

      They’d have to pay me, a lot, to play the game. I get the feeling I’m not alone. It’s games like this that make me grateful that it’s not my job to review games.


    • G8crasha

      January 23, 2019 at 13:10

      Agreed. It’s a relatively successful model for a game such as this. I was uber excited for the game when it was first announced, but then I lost interest when I started to see gameplay footage and read opinions of those who played early builds. It’s a sad loss for a great IP.


  2. Pariah

    January 23, 2019 at 12:39

    • Admiral Chief

      January 23, 2019 at 13:05



  3. Ghost In The Rift

    January 23, 2019 at 13:00

    Welp…at least some folks can drown their sorrows in a bottle Nuka Dark Rum wrapped in a plastic casing that took 100 man hours to code…if you have the stomach for poorly produced rum.


  4. Admiral Chief

    January 23, 2019 at 13:10



  5. Kromas

    January 23, 2019 at 13:17

    Meh I still find it enjoyable but I am waiting for the next content update to drop.


    • Guz

      January 23, 2019 at 15:08

      Did you ever get your helmet?


      • RinceThis

        January 23, 2019 at 23:27

        Lol. I was in the UK recently and every second hand store had the helmets. People are so disgusted with the trash of a game they tried to get back as much as possible.


        • Guz

          January 24, 2019 at 08:44

          I wouldn’t mind having one, the helmet not the game


      • Kromas

        January 24, 2019 at 08:24

        Yes I did.


  6. Kikmi

    January 23, 2019 at 13:00

    A little he says. A LITTLE?!


  7. RinceThis

    January 23, 2019 at 23:26

    Lol. This game is a travesty. Only people who put too much money in and can’t get it back are holding onto it. It’s like the people who voted for trump. In for a penny… In for a pound. Fuck this game.


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