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.”

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.

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.


  1. Its a shame that hardly anyones in the game and thats the fault of bethesda not putting in human npc’s which is just one niggle.

  2. I mean we all remember games like h1z1 saying they were going f2p then charging people $20 for each game then ages later going f2p so it’s possible

  3. I doubt that F76 gonna be F2P ..after all its triple A game and not old one. Plus i dont even know how B.net would deal with all those ppl. who would ask for refund. Tho… F2P would be last chance to make F76 successful and maybe profitable.

    Bethesda messed up big time, every step was like nail in coffin: awful state of game, scam with collector edition bag, try to silence ppl. with 500 atoms as a refund for a bag and Nuka Dark Rum bottle scam.

    If Elder scrolls 6 fails …. Rip B.net


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