Fallout 76 is a game that’s been receiving some bashing ever since its launch. Although Bethesda Game Studios has been trying to keep all major post-launch content DLCs free, many fans are arguing that Bethesda’s addition of Atomic Shop and Repair Kits in Fallout 76 update v8.5 is borderline pay-to-win.
Bethesda Vice President Pete Hines promised that the addition of the Atomic Shop in Fallout 76 was only going to be strictly related to “cosmetic stuff”. The Atomic Shop allows players to purchase a quick and easy way to get their weapons back up to max health. Of course, Bethesda has given Fallout 76 players two ways to purchase these items through the Atomic Shop: Microtransactions and completing in-game challenges.
Players are already arguing repair kits offer a considerable advantage while playing against other players. Because of that, Bethesda has said that they will remove repair kits if they upset the balance of PVP in Fallout 76.
Furthermore, the update comes with a note from Bethesda that clarifies what role Repair Kits and Atomic Shop will play in Fallout 76. The note states that “[repair kits] will not provide anything that offers a competitive advantage.” The note also reinforces Hines’ promise to keep the Atomic Shop strictly cosmetic and says Repair Kits will still be available in the microtransactions store.
The note goes on to address fan arguments. Bethesda says these Repair Kits are a “convenient option” and they don’t offer any competitive edge against other players since they only “repair” items, the equipment remains the same. It isn’t necessary to purchase Atoms at all, they can be earned in-game.
It is yet to be seen how the Fallout community responds to Bethesda Game Studio’s statements regarding Repair Kits in the Atomic Shop. Meanwhile, fans can enjoy the new photo mode that comes with the Fallout 76 update. The update also improves and rebalances scrap items such as tin cans, aluminum trays, and aluminum oil cans in Fallout 76.
Bethesda Game Studio’s Fallout 76 and update v8.5 are now available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.