Bethesda has taken to Twitter to shoot down a persistent rumour that the much-maligned Fallout 76 would soon be going free to play, after reports emerged that physical copies of the game were in short supply in Australia.
To most, it looked as if this free to play rumour was nothing more than wild speculation based on unverified reports, but it had got so bad the publisher felt the need to confirm themselves that Fallout 76 would not be making the switch to a free to play model, by responding to a particularly disgruntled customer.
There is no truth to this rumor.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 22, 2019
Fallout 76 has had a pretty rough time of it since launching in October. The idea of an online multiplayer Fallout is one I personally think has a ton of potential, but the critical consensus seemed to be that the idea just wasn’t executed well enough.
In our own review, I called Fallout 76 an “aggressively average multiplayer survival game that’s more fun with friends in the same way that having a mate perform open heart surgery on you makes that experience slightly more tolerable.” I didn’t really like it, in other words.
Still, there is a smattering of players that have managed to find and/or make their own genuine fun in this brave new Fallout game, so more power to you if you’re getting something out of the experience other than disappointment.
Bethesda hasn’t commented further on the free to play situation, and to be fair, there really isn’t much more to say other than it isn’t happening.
Whether or not such a move happens years down the line remains to be seen, but two months after launch would constitute yet another PR nightmare for Fallout 76. I reckon Bethesda has had quite enough of those for now.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.