Just while you thought issues had been beginning to quiet down with Fallout 76, one other incident has riled up the playerbase, and this time it is all a few fridge and a scrap-collecting robotic.
Fallout 76’s newest replace dropped yesterday, and launched numerous high quality of life enhancements together with some new maps. A look on the Atomic Shop part, nevertheless, revealed a number of new utility objects had been additionally added – similar to fridges, which could be positioned at C.A.M.P.s to scale back the spoilage price of saved foods and drinks by 50 per cent. There’s additionally a WALL-E wannabe within the type of the Collectron Station, a C.A.M.P. merchandise that spawns a bit of scrap-collecting bot to look the close by space for scrap and easy objects.
What’s the large deal? You could recall an article again in April about Fallout 76’s restore kits, which permit gamers to pay to revive their objects. Players accused Bethesda of breaking its “no pay-to-win” promise, pointing to a number of statements assuring gamers this is able to not occur. Such as this one from Pete Hines (senior vice chairman of worldwide advertising and communications) when speaking to the Metro in regards to the Atomic Shop:
“Part of the primary motive we’re doing it’s as a result of we wish to present the entire post-launch content material that we do totally free. So any DLC or new content material we add is free to all people. And we really feel like we’re being upfront, we’re doing this in a method that is smart. It’s solely beauty, there is no such thing as a pay-to-win. You can earn it in-game if you happen to do not wish to purchase it.”
Well, historical past has repeated itself, and right here we’re as soon as once more. The fridge and robotic have up to now obtained a frosty reception, with some gamers arguing this crosses the road between beauty and pay-to-win. Others think about these things worse than restore kits, as meals and materials shortages are two core parts of Fallout 76’s survival gameplay loop. The fridge and scavenger bot are at present neither free or earnable in-game.
On high of this, gamers have taken subject with the pricing of the fridge, which prices 700 Atoms – about £5.59 if you happen to purchase a pack of 1000 for £7.99 (the Collectron Station is 500 – about £3.99). Still, you’d have to purchase the entire pack and have leftover atoms. Or look ahead to the following Curry’s sale.
There’s additionally the actual fact Bethesda was handed the fan concept for a fridge six months in the past. At the time, the writer informed followers it had seen the suggestion and would cross it to the event crew. That a paid-for fridge has resulted from this community-led concept has additionally induced some gamers to really feel uncomfortable.
When the earlier restore kits incident occurred, Bethesda informed PC Gamer it did not think about restore kits pay-to-win, as they didn’t provide gamers a aggressive benefit (apart from in PvP). Project lead Jeff Gardiner did, nevertheless, say he might “actually see why different gamers would see it as being on the opposite aspect of the beauty line”. Although some gamers are demanding quests to make the objects earnable in-game, I believe Bethesda’s response will probably be comparable this time. Hope you want mouldy mirelurk meat.