Bethesda Softworks released Fallout 76 but it is safe to say at this point it is a disaster of a game. Not only as a game, but it is also a PR nightmare for Bethesda as well. The game went on sale days after its release, went down to $40 from its full $60 price tag. Recently, EB Games started offering buy 1 get 1 free for Fallout 76 pre-owned copies.
The news indicated that Fallout 76 could very well go free to play since EB Games reportedly shipped physical copies of the game back to Bethesda. The publisher came out to deny this once the news went viral across the internet. According to Bethesda, it has no plans to make Fallout 76 free to play for now.
However, that may change in the near future as the sales of the game probably the worse for any Fallout game in the series. It is also the worst rated Fallout game, even lower rated than some of the DLCs released for previous Fallout games. Investors aren’t happy and there doesn’t seem to be any recovery for Fallout 76. The recent PvP update added the Survival Mode which is pretty much the same game players were playing so far minus the PvP restrictions.
The lack of imagination with content updates combined with poor sales could force Bethesda developers to consider free to play for Fallout 76. Going free to play could save this game from turning into a complete failure.
Free content updates combined with free to play model could help bring back the player base that left the game. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be much hope left for Bethesda’s latest Fallout game, the first attempt at a multiplayer title in the Fallout franchise.