Fallout 76's Paid Subscription Service Has Not Had A Good Launch

Part of Fallout 76's controversial new paid subscription service Fallout First is the addition of an unlimited Scrap Box, which is somewhere players can store all of their junk. Problem being that some players are finding that the Scrap Box is bugged in the worst way possible: they’re losing everything they put into it.

There have been multiple reports over the past day, both on Reddit and the game’s support forums, of paid subscribers putting loads of scrap into the box, going on with their game, accessing the box to get some of it back and finding it was all gone.

While Bethesda investigates this—they currently believe it’s an interface issue—current support advice is to “try opening another player’s scrap box on a public server”, which “may help in getting the items to show up again”. And if that doesn’t work, they’re suggesting “restarting the game client” or “uninstalling and reinstalling the game”.

The bottomless, scrap-eating Scrap Box isn’t the only busted introduction as part of Fallout First, either. The launch of private servers was meant to be one of the service’s main draws, but they’re not quite as private as many were hoping.

Instead of being completely walled-off, invite-only servers, if you start a Fallout 76 private server anyone on your friends list can just walk right on in. For people who have done a lot of trading, friending someone only to swap some gear, that’s...not ideal.

A Bethesda rep told Polygon “we understand this is not what players expected for their Private Worlds”, before adding “We are looking to provide an option in an upcoming patch that will allow Fallout 1st members to restrict access to their servers more completely.”

“We understand this is not what players expected” is a very good motto for Fallout 76.


Comments

    Meanwhile xbox game pass ultimate costs $1 to convert all your existing gold plus add a month to the end of it meaning I get to play The Outer Worlds for 3 months for $1!

    I don't know why people keep giving Bethesda money, especially for this game.

      I've just added Bethesda to my boycott list. I loved Fallout 3, Doom and the Wolfenstein games. I've now decided that they aren't getting any more of my money like EA, Activision and Blizzard. I've missed a few games that I know I would have enjoyed (especially Sekiro, star wars jedi fallen order, a way out, spyro trilogy remaster) but I can't support shitty practices that some of these big publishers keep doing

    And if that doesn’t work, they’re suggesting “restarting the game client” or “uninstalling and reinstalling the game”.
    How big is this game, again? I think Day One was ~55GB? Bigger now, with patches?

    That sounds a lot like tech support saying, "Y'bother me kid, go kill the Nemean Lion then come back. Hm? Will that fix it? Sure, why not." LATER... "Wow, I didn't expect to see you back. Still not fixed? Right then, next step: go away and I don't want to see you til you've killed the Lernean hydra. Off you go, now."

    I am surprised people have thrown money at the subscription, to me $150 is way too steep especially at this point of the development. RIP Bethesda.

      You'd prefer 12 easy payments at the low low price of $12.50 a month?

        Honestly I haven't played and never will play Fallout 76. Just not sure why this late in the development they decide to go with something like this. Obviously it will make them some money as people have purchased it, but it usually plays out the opposite and starting with a subscription model then later dropping it for a free to play.

    Dont forget that the expectation is that when you log on to your "private" server you get a fresh load of the world. You don't. There's reports of people loading into their $180 cash sink and finding that there are piles of corpses, containers are already looted, etc.

    They are literally just loading you into one of their existing worlds that no one's in at that moment that have been played in and stopping people not on your friends list from joining it.

    So you can go into popular farming spots like West Tek and discover that it's already been farmed.

    Problem being that some players are finding that the Scrap Box is bugged in the worst way possible: they’re losing everything they put into it.

    Not the worst way possible. Players could have been putting real money into this......oh.

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