Following a video from YouTuber TheQuartering — who noted the game’s low availability on Amazon as one of many reasons for Fallout 76’s potential move to free-to-play — the rumor of the game’s shift to being a free service sky rocketed. However, it would appear that there is no reason to get excited quite yet.
Fallout 76 is the latest in Bethesda’s highly popular Fallout series. While Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 have been met largely with high praise, Fallout 76 has met negative critical reception. The game currently holds a Metacritic score of 52 for its PC version.
None the less, news of the game’s potential shift to free-to-play snared the attention of many longtime Fallout fans. A fan would go on to ask Bethesda if there is any truth to the rising rumor. Bethesda however has since categorically denied any intention to take Fallout 76 to a free-to-play model.
Fallout 76 has been plagued with issues since its launch. Following the game’s buggy launch, the title began receiving largely negative critical reviews. As reported by IGN, a support glitch would go on to reveal players’ personal information. Lastly, the $200 Power Armor Edition of the game launched with a nylon version of an initially advertised canvas bag. As the company did not inform purchasers of the change ahead of time, Bethesda has since earned some serious heat over the matter.
At any rate, it would appear that Fallout fans will still have to pay if they plan to play Fallout 76. For all things video games, stay tuned to GameTruth.