‘Fallout 76’ Now Has A Premium Monthly Subscription Fee, No Seriously

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Fallout 76

I had to do a double take when I first saw this news, as I couldn’t quite believe it. But yes, it’s true. Bethesda is giving Fallout 76 a premium monthly subscription with a bunch of new features locked behind it.

It’s called “Fallout 1st” and costs either $12.99 a month or $99.99 a year. If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around this, let me at least try to explain it to you.

You see, over the past year or so, Fallout 76 has evolved past being the broken meme it was at launch. Unlike say, Anthem, Fallout 76 actually added a fair bit of new content to the game over time, and managed to establish itself a nice little niche community that actively plays the game and does cool things together. In short, it sort of started living up to its potential.

Now Bethesda wants to monetize those loyal fans.

I believe that’s what’s happening here. Bethesda thinks that there is a hard core enough playerbase that will pay this fee to get access to a bunch of the new features added into the 1st package. So what does this “it costs more than Netflix” subscription get you?

Private Worlds – Play in a Private World exclusively for you and up to seven friends

Scrapbox – Unlimited storage for crafting components in your own new Scrapbox container

Survival Tent – A new placeable fast travel point with a Stash, Sleeping Bag and more for your basic needs

Atoms – Receive 1,650 Atoms per month to use in the Atomic Shop

Ranger Armor Outfit – An iconic Fallout outfit, exclusively for members

Icons and Emotes pack – Unique icons and emotes, available only to members

Fallout 76
Fallout 76

Seeing all this written out does not really do anything to change my initial “lmao WHAT” reaction to this news. In short, what it looks like this subscription pays for is…a feature that everyone has wanted in Fallout 76 from the start, the ability to play alone or privately with friends, which is now locked behind this $100 a year paywall. Then there are quality of life improvements, unlimited crafting storage and the mobile tent, and then some cosmetics, including a New Vegas armor set that feels like a jab in the ribs.

Here’s a direct quote from the announcement:

“The community has been asking for the ability to play in private worlds since before the launch of Fallout 76, and we’re very excited to announce that they are coming to the game with Fallout 1st.”

They are acknowledging that this is a thing everyone has been asking for since launch! And they’re paywalling it off! This is genuinely incredible! Like what!

Past this, the launch of this seems especially bad at a time when Outer Worlds just came out from Obsidian which is being described as “The Fallout game you wish Bethesda made instead of Fallout 76.” And you can bet there’s not going to be a premium subscription tier for that.

This just seems wild to me. Almost no games dare to try to do monthly subscription fees anymore, and if they do it’s for like, entire access to the game (also, Fallout 76 is not F2P), or in say, Destiny’s case, maybe trying to get people to pay $10 every three months for a season of content.

This $13 a month will be ridiculed by non-players and casual fans, and I have a feeling it may downright offend the hardcore Fallout 76 players who will clearly view this as a crass attempt to over-monetize the game because apparently the microtransaction store isn’t doing well enough. I will love to see how this plays out among the community because I mean, wow. Genuinely, wow.

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