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Is Fallout 76 Going to Go Free-To-Play?

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Yes.

You’re done reading the article now. You’re free to go. Oh wait, you want to know why I’m saying yes? Well, it’s common sense. No one is going to play Fallout 76 now by having to pay for it beforehand. All the negative press of it being a failure has saturated the web-o-sphere with strong anti-Fallout 76 commentary. So the only hail mary left is free to play.

It’s inevitable.

It’s going to happen.

If it doesn’t the only way forward is for them to shut the game down.

The reason being is that players who have bought will play, but will get disgusted by any kind of micro-transaction purchases thrown at them as they had purchased the game. Myself, for instance, spent $59.99 because it looked like so much fun (and it was for the few weeks I played). If I was still playing and they said well, if you want more XP buy this XP potion I would flip a table.

Likewise, though, if they were to make the game free and place blinders to ignore those who purchased at $59.99 or the bargain basement prices they’ve been having then. Then they make Fallout 76 free-to-play and then charge micro-transactions. A lot of people get mad, but an even larger audience of folks looking for a free Fallout experience will gladly move in over the angry rants and actually probably not only enjoy the game but likely pay for whatever magical voodoo ointments they sell over the game shop.

A free-to-play Fallout 76 is going to be their only route forward. So the rumors – they make sense to me.

Which I mean in a lot of ways is probably far more fair than the way Fallout 76 has been handling things. They charged a AAA box title amount of loyal fans who were expecting at the minimum a fully fledged RPG with a story and received instead a survival online co-op game with little to no story and very few side quests. While it’s true that many vocal Fallout fans skip the story and muck around the world the reason they do that is because of all the content that’s in the game beyond just the story.

The random encounters, the random stories, the random folks that spawn. They included random generation too of encounters that could happen in locations. There is loot and hideouts and awesome things sprinkled throughout the world for the player to find.

Fallout 76 has an empty world devoid of Humans, a main quest that you can mostly finish in a day and little to no reason to explore the world or build much. It’s not that it’s a bad game, it’s just not worth the price of something that previously had a near exponential amount of content.

So with that I say, Fallout 76 is going to go free-to-play. Maybe the rumors are true and it’s sooner than later or maybe they let the game’s hate train simmer down a bit more before popping the question, but 2019 is going to be the year I believe Fallout 76 goes free-to-play.

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