Merry XMAS from Bethesda

Bethesda continues to put themselves in the limelight, and yet again all for the wrong reasons. This time around its outrageously overpriced Xmas-cosmetics in the Fallout 76 Atomic Shop. When the content first was released, it was advertised as “50% off” and “33% off”, Bethesda was however slapped on the wrist for that kind of marketing. It’s actually illegal. You can’t advertise a just-released product like it’s on a sale, because it isn’t. IT JUST RELEASED!! What is more surprising is that Bethesda tried to pull a stunt like this. They surely have to be aware of the consumer legislation both in America and the EU, right?

So how about a Santa costume pack for 2000 atomic points, the equivalent of $20. Or an Emote Pack for 1200 atomic points, the equivalent of $12. The Red Rocket Mega Sign will be yours for only 1400 atomic points, but hurry it’s a limited time offer lasting only three days. Then they will have run out of stock. Two pieces of cosmetic content costing more than the actual game.

As usual: Vote with your wallet folks.

The Fallout 76 Atomic Shop

When Bethesda announced that their new Fallout game was going to feature both a multiplayer mode and microtransactions, it of course made gamers wary. The news of a multiplayer mode were of course good news, but in what way and form were they going to implement microtransactions?

Pete Hines, the vice president of Bethesda Softworks recently stated:

If you don’t want to spend money in the Atomic shop for cosmetic stuff you don’t have to. We give you a shitload of Atoms just for playing the game. Folks that want to spend money on whatever the hell it is because they don’t have enough Atoms, they can, but it’s not, I’m now better playing against other players because I spent money. It’s not pay-to-win. And it’s not loot crates.

The most straightforward way to earn atoms in the game is to complete either the daily or the weekly challenges, which will net you around 50-60 atoms for completing all of the daily ones, or around 140-150 atoms for completing all of the weekly challenges

If you aren’t happy with the rate of earning atoms, you can of course pay for them instead. Adding 500 atoms will cost you $5, $10 buys you 1,100 atoms, $20 buys you 2,400 atoms, and $40 grants you 50,000 atoms. The exchange rate is basically $1 per 100 atoms, with a small discount for the more you spend.

The in game shop, the Atomic Shop is where you spend your atoms. So what does the Atomic Shop have to offer? Like Pete Hines mentioned, so far, there are no kind of loot boxes available in the shop at all. You know how much you pay, and what you get before hand.

The shop itself is divided into apparel, skins, camp equipment, emotes and styles to mention a few. The vault 76 cap is 500 atoms, $5, and if you want a water purifier for you base, it will set you back 300 atoms or $3. You will have to make up your mind if you think it’s worth spending $5 for a virtual cap yourself.

One of the more refreshing business practices regarding the microtransactions in Fallout 76 is that Bethesda will be using the revenue to fund the future development of downloaded content for the game. Yes, you heard it right. Future DLC for Fallout 76 will be free. Pete Hines:

All the content we ever put out for Fallout 76, all the DLC, all the post-launch stuff, is going to be free. That’s important. And to say, the Atomic Shop is cosmetic stuff. To make sure folks understand. Look, there’s a line. There are people who have crossed it, but we’re going to stay on the right side of it in terms of the things you can spend money on and how this stuff works and what you’re getting for your $60. That you know, when they put out new content or features or whatever, I’m getting that stuff for free. That feels right.

This is a welcomed step in the right direction and it will probably make gamers feel less milked of cash, if they feel that the money they spend is actually going to mean more content in the future.