Bethesda Adds ‘Pay To Win’ Microtransactions After Saying It Wouldn’t

Before Fallout 76 released, Bethesda was really keen for us all to know that it wasn’t going to be a pay-to-win game. Bethesda promised time and time again that Fallout 76‘s paid microtransactions would give players cosmetic boosts only, and wouldn’t offer any tactical advantage to players willing to part with their IRL dollars.

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Unfortunately, that promise seems to have come to an end thanks to the latest patch for the game. The new patch introduces purchasable Repair Kits in the Atom shop, meaning players can hand over their money instead of grafting for the kits.

It’s a shortcut that players are really, really p*ssed about – especially on the Fallout 76¬†subreddit, where a megathread has been created for people to rant specifically about the Repair Kits.

On the thread, one user angrily states: “I would find it surprising if Bethesda didn’t already know this was going to cause outrage.

“Whether you are a professional in the industry, or just the average gamer, at some point in the last decade you should have been exposed to the countless number of times a company get slammed in media for the same practices. It might be mainstream media, gaming media, or social media, but at some point it gets pretty hard to avoid.

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“I have literally seen forums and subreddits explode over stuff like this. If you are a developer and unaware of these trends in gaming… I mean, come on, get your f*cking head out of the sand.”

Another user added: “What I find bizarre is not only that they made this obvious blunder, but that this game has just been one blunder after another.

“It’s almost like they’re doing a social experiment to see how much they can p*ss off customers.”

Check out all sides of the argument over on Reddit.

How do you feel about Bethesda’s new Fallout 76 patch? Justified, or the pay-to-win that we were promised we’d never see?







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