Again in June, lengthy earlier than Bethesda’s open-world multiplayer shooter Fallout 76 arrived (to underwhelming evaluations), the corporate pulled again the curtain on a particular Energy Armor Version of the sport. This collector’s set would come with a steelbook, a world map, 24 collectible figurines, and a full-scale Energy Armor helmet. In accordance with the product description, the helmet was going to return in a canvas carrying bag. The outline was unsuitable.

As an alternative, Bethesda ended up together with an inexpensive, flimsy nylon sack as a substitute — one which regarded nothing just like the West Tek bag that appeared within the authentic advert for the Fallout 76 collector’s version. At this level, it’s price mentioning that the Energy Armor Version retails for $200. You possibly can in all probability guess what occurred subsequent.

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A Reddit thread concerning the controversy (and Bethesda’s response, which we’ll get to in a second) at present has over 26,000 upvotes and three,500 feedback. There’s no telling what number of copies of the Energy Armor Version had been really offered, however that is simply the most recent in a string of frustrations surrounding the sport.

As was famous earlier, evaluations for Fallout 76 have been middling at greatest. Whereas the core of the Fallout expertise remains to be there (roaming round an enormous, post-apocalyptic wasteland, scavenging for gadgets, and battling harmful enemies to outlive), many reviewers and shoppers have complained concerning the lack of content material and the overall bugginess of the sport. For a $60 product, it merely isn’t as much as the requirements followers count on from Bethesda.

So when these keen to spend $200 on a collector’s version acquired lower than what they had been promised, all bets had been off. Had the sport been higher acquired, had the Energy Armor Version been cheaper, had Bethesda supplied a extra substantive response — had any of this stuff occurred, this won’t have became such an enormous firestorm. However right here’s what Bethesda determined to go away disenchanted followers with late Tuesday night time:

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Atoms are premium in-game forex in Fallout 76. 500 Atoms are price about $5 USD. As unhealthy as it could have been if Bethesda had ignored the complaints altogether, this might need been an excellent worse response. In case you’re curious what the bag was alleged to seem like in comparison with what shipped:

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“Sadly, attributable to unavailability of supplies, we needed to swap to a nylon carrying case within the Fallout 76: Energy Armor Version,” Bethesda informed Polygon in a press release on Wednesday night. “We hope this doesn’t forestall anybody from having fun with what we really feel is certainly one of our greatest collector’s editions.”

This whole episode may have been prevented had Bethesda knowledgeable everybody who bought a replica of the Energy Armor Version that one of many parts must be downgraded. As an alternative, the corporate determined to simply attempt to slip this by its most devoted followers — folks keen to spend $200 on a collector’s version of its newest sport! — and has discovered itself in a large number of its personal making. We’ll replace this story if and when something adjustments.

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