With every multiplayer game these days, there are microtransactions, and Fallout 76 is no exception. Thankfully the game will only have cosmetic microtransactions and there’s nothing about loot boxes, so Fallout 76 DLC will be free for all players when the game comes out, though we don’t know much about the DLC itself.
These microtransactions will allow players to be able to purchase cosmetic items like new cosmetic armor and things like new hairstyles, if any of them look interesting.
Fallout 76 got officially announced at E3, with Todd Howard walking players through how the game would work. Unlike a normal Fallout game, 76 would be a shared world shooter somewhat like Destiny, where you could run into players as you explored the world, teaming up with or killing them as you pleased. The settlement building mechanic was also back from Fallout 4, allowing you to build structures.
In addition to that, players could find launch codes for nuclear missile silos and use them at their leisure, which means that you might want to be careful if you buy the game. Some malicious troll or jealous griefer might nuke you for giggles or because you’ve built something better than he ever could.
Players have had something of a mixed reaction about Fallout 76, as the possibility of making it a Rust clone where no one can do anything without being randomly killed would make a Fallout game frustrating instead of fun. There’s apparently no option to play the game offline, either, which is another mark against the game.
But with the game being buoyed by microtransactions, hopefully they’ll be able to make the Fallout 76 DLC good enough that it will keep players coming back to the game, whether it’s new regions, new quests, or other stuff that could add more color to the hills of West Virginia. At the same time, however, there’s also a reason to be cautious.
While Bethesda doesn’t have the same sort of awful reputation as EA does in regards to microtransactions, and the microtransactions are only cosmetic rather than anything related to actually doing better in gameplay, the possibility of the microtransactions being predatory remains.
Fallout 76 will be releasing on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on November 18 of this year.