It’s pretty evident that the Fallout 76 launch has been a bit rocky. With “a bit” being an understatement. Review scores have been abysmal. And now a PR nightmare has arisen with the now viral Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition controversy.
For $200, many excited players purchased the Power Edition of the recently released online RPG. Within the Power Edition package was to come a wearable T-51b Power Armor Helmet, an exclusive steelcase, 24 collectible Fallout figurines, a glow-in-the-dark world terrain map, a few Tricentennial Edition bonus digital items, and a canvas Wes-Tek duffel bag. And that’s where the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition controversy stems from. The Wes-Tek duffel bag is far from what was advertised.
Instead of a duffel bag made of quality canvas, the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition controversy comes due to the duffel bag being made of cheap nylon instead. On top of that, when players reached out to Bethesda to report their unhappiness of being deceived, their response was almost laughable.
We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition. We are sorry. Please contact Bethesda Support to provide proof of your CE purchase. They will assist in granting your account 500 Atoms.
Please visit: https://t.co/TJBMjYaph0
— Fallout (@Fallout) November 29, 2018
As you can see above, Bethesda is offering players $5 of in-game currency if they were directly involved with the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition controversy. Which funnily enough isn’t even equivalent to the purchase price of Mailman skin in the game that carries a canvas bag. Following outrage at this “compensation”, Bethesda released the following response on Reddit:
“Unfortunately, due to unavailability of materials, we had to switch to a nylon carrying case in the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition. We hope this doesn’t prevent anyone from enjoying what we feel is one of our best collector’s editions. Thanks again for tagging us and letting us know. We are working with our CS team to provide 500 Atoms to Power Armor Edition purchasers. Please visit our Support article here that provides instructions on how to get in touch with them: https://help.bethesda.net/app/answers/detail/a_id/44432.”
Many fans believe that a lack of materials in merely a scapegoat, and that Bethesda went with a cheaper material in order to save a substantial amount of cost. That’s, of course, purely speculation though.
Regardless, this Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition controversy is just another piece in slew of bad press for Bethesda’s high profile release. Sitting currently at a Metascore of 55, it’s a long road uphill if this first online Fallout has any chance to survive this nuclear blast.