Latest in Gaming

Image credit: Bethesda

Bethesda hopes you'll pay $100 a year for private 'Fallout 76' worlds

It's coming just after the team delayed a major free update.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
10.23.19 in AV
559 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Bethesda

Bethesda is betting that Fallout 76 fans are willing to pay extra for creature comforts -- so much so that they'll pay more than they did for the base game. The developer has launched a Fallout 1st subscription that offers a few exclusive conveniences and other perks for $100 per year, or $13 per month. Most notably, 1st members can create private worlds for them and up to seven other people. You don't have to worry that a troublemaker will come in and ruin your experience, in other words. Friends can join these worlds without a subscription, so you don't have to persuade your pals to sign up just to get some relative peace and quiet.

You'll also get an unlimited-capacity Scrapbox for your crafting components and a Survival Tent that serves as a placeable fast travel point with basic amenities. If cosmetics are your thing, you'll also get 1,650 Atoms per month to spend, a members-only armor outfit and a pack of exclusive emotes and icons. Any Atoms and Scrapbox resources you collect will still be available if you drop your subscription.

There's some degree of value here when it costs money to host private servers. At the same time, this could easily rub some gamers the wrong way. Bethesda recently delayed its big free update, Wastelanders, to the first quarter of 2020 -- it may feel like the company is prioritizing an additional revenue grab over improving a game whose reputation is less than sterling. Features like the Scrapbox and Survival Tent could theoretically have been added to the core game without much hassle, either. Fallout 1st may be appealing if you're deeply invested in the shared-world RPG, but it could have a harder time attracting everyone else.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
559 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Apple says EU push for universal phone charger would 'stifle innovation'

Apple says EU push for universal phone charger would 'stifle innovation'

View
Sonos CEO: 'Legacy' devices will still work after May

Sonos CEO: 'Legacy' devices will still work after May

View
Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the Patriot Act

Bipartisan bill would scale back key section of the Patriot Act

View
Teenage Engineering’s IKEA collection lands in stores next month

Teenage Engineering’s IKEA collection lands in stores next month

View
23andMe lays off 100 workers amid shrinking demand for DNA tests

23andMe lays off 100 workers amid shrinking demand for DNA tests

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr