Amidst Rumors, Bethesda Insists Fallout 76 Isn't Going Free-To-Play
Just a few minutes after we published Monday's piece about games, including Fallout 76, that could go free-to-play, we came across this piece of pseudo-news. Sure, it was little more than speculation based on what might just be a blip in distribution, but the internet ran with it, and it got to the point where Bethesda felt compelled to make a statement -- and that statement is, "Nope."
There is no truth to this rumor.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 22, 2019
It doesn't get any more cut-and-dry than that. I mean, when has a developer ever said they were set on a payment model and the turned around and changed it? Or insisted that they had a very good reason for not going F2P before going F2P? Certainly nobody associated with Bethesda/ZeniMax would insist they will "do monetisation outside of the game" for their MMO, which pretty much precludes the implementation of things like loot boxes.
As I said in the earlier article, I think Fallout 76 will at least stay pay-to-play through the summer, with some sort of giant push around E3 time to pull players in. If that doesn't work, then everything's on the table. I just don't think that's a move you can make two months into a game's lifespan, not without nuclear-bomb-sized backlash.
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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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