As with many games these days, in-game purchases have become a very common model used by developers and publishers to try and squeeze out more money from players after a game’s release. Unfortunately for Bethesda, it seems that the pricing they are using for Fallout 76 is rather questionable and has left a good many players fuming.
Basically the game’s in-game store, known as the Atom Shop, is holding a Christmas-themed sale with Christmas-themed cosmetics. However gamers are noticing how expensive these so-called “microtransactions” are, where some are priced at a whopping $18, not to mention potentially misleading advertising where they claim that some items have been discounted by 50% from its “previous” price, despite the fact that this is the first time that the item was put up for sale.
In fact it seems that in some countries, such practices are considered illegal and some players have already taken it upon themselves to file complaints with the relevant authorities. Now to be fair, these items can be purchased using in-game currency which can be earned by playing the game, but it has been pointed out that the more you progress in the game, the more difficult it becomes to earn the currencies.
This seems to go against what Bethesda had previously claimed, in which they say that they will be giving players “a sh*tload of Atoms just for playing the game”. Fallout 76 has been faced with a lot of controversy since its launch, and this latest issue with the in-game pricing isn’t helping.