Bethesda Offers 500 Atoms for Fallout 76 Bag Controversy

02 December, 2018, 08:44 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Bethesda’s $200 ‘Fallout 76’ collector’s edition isn’t what fans were promised

Atoms are Fallout 76's in-game currency.

The launch of Fallout 76 has been fraught with issues and complaints from the community. Players were promised a West Tek canvas bag and instead received. well. let's look at this picture, courtesy of our own Sam Chandler. The Power Armor Edition's description had been altered on Bethesda's store to describe the bag included as being made of nylon. But that's not the case.

Overnight a story broke out that the $200 version of Fallout 76 in the Power Armor Edition has been shipping in a worse state than the game.

I have heard that the Power Armor Edition's voice-changing helmet sucks and all, but of course it does: it's a toy for children, classic Collector's Edition tat. This collector's set would include a steelbook, a world map, 24 figurines, and a full-scale Power Armor helmet. Nylon is a thinner, silkier material that feels like a raincoat compared to the rugged, high-quality feel of canvas. "What are you planning to do about this?" No word yet whether Bethesda will offer more compensation for the falsely advertised bag, but if and when they do, we'll make sure to keep you updated.

A Reddit thread about the controversy (and Bethesda's response, which we'll get to in a moment) now has over 26,000 upvotes and 3,500 comments. The bag shown in advertisements for the collector's edition was "a prototype". I love Bethesda, and I've loved their previous games, but they really need to pull something out of the bag (excuse the pun) because they're risking their entire fan base by treating them in this way. We apologise to the customer who took the time to reach out. The support response was incorrect and not in accordance with our conduct policy.

Bethesda is struggling with good PR decisions as of now, Fallout 76 is not a broken mess with its sales downhill, add to all of that the lawsuit action and this new Power Armor edition and we have another EA in the making.

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'We hope this doesn't prevent anyone from enjoying what we feel is one of our best collector's editions'. Players can gain atoms by doing simple early-game tasks like collecting caps, as well as completing daily and weekly in-game challenges, typically in a few hours of game time or by spending $5 in the microtransaction shop. It goes without saying that it's not very much at all. As some wags have pointed out on Twitter, this is not enough in-game currency to purchase the Post Man skin, which would at least provide players with an in-game canvas bag. They can buy some flowers and a colored door for that price though, which is nice, right?

The response to Bethesda's cold approach and underwhelming/delayed response has been... expected.

Header image courtesy of Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

If this has affected you then please comment below and share your experiences with other gamers.

As we near the end of the year, the silence on Mortal Kombat 11 has been deafening, but could we be hearing about it at the Game Awards or before the end of 2018 yet? As far as we know, the backlash kicked off after an Imgur user posted photos of their bag and their subsequent exchange with Bethesda's customer support. 3LAU, Tycho and Alesso.

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