Despite your thoughts on Fallout 76, whether you think it’s a good but flawed effort or a flaming dumpster fire, Bethesda is deciding to give out Fallout 76 player rewards at the end of this year by giving players the first three Fallout games ever as thanks for playing the game in 2018.
Players who at least logged into the game in 2018 will be able to pick up Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout: Tactics, all as part of the Fallout Classic Collection, which will be a free download. Originally, the Classic Collection was only intended to be given out to players who pre-ordered the game, but it seems Bethesda’s changed their minds.
Fallout 76, despite a great deal of hype on its announcement, rapidly soured on a large number of people due to a lack of any real storylines in quests, a lack of interesting NPCs, huge amounts of bugs, and extremely predatory microtransactions. Not helping this were a number of PR gaffes on Bethesda’s part, such as the canvas bag incident.
All of this bad press may be the main reason for the Fallout 76 player rewards, though it just puts more force in Obsidian Entertainment’s corner since that studio is made up of most of the people who originally made the other Fallout games, back when they were Black Isle Studios.
Either way, the Fallout 76 player rewards not only apply to PC owners, they also apply to Xbox One and Playstation 4 owners, though you may still need a PC to play those three games. But even if that happens, you’ll be able to pick the Classic Collection up at some point in January, though there doesn’t seem to be an official date yet even off the official Bethesda Twitter page.
Hopefully, even if you ended up being disappointed by Fallout 76, you’ll be able to have some fun with the other three games.