New Fallout 76 Subscription Service Demolished Almost Immediately
Bethesda announces disappointing new Fallout 76 premium subscription service for $99 a year, and the internet responds in epic fashion. | Source: Bethesda

In an ambitious, misguided attempt to resurrect Fallout 76 from the dead, Bethesda has announced a new premium subscription service for the beleaguered multiplayer survival game.

Unsurprisingly, the news has proven perfect ammunition for a dressing down on social media.

Fallout 1st Aims to Fix Fallout 76 for $99 Per Year

New Fallout 76 Subscription Service Demolished Almost Immediately
The creators of Fallout 76 have released a new money-grubbing subscription service. | Source: Bethesda

Dubbed Fallout 1st, a 12-month subscription costs the princely sum of $99.99. You can also opt to pay $12.99 a month, which makes it more expensive than a monthly subscription to Google Stadia Pro (although you’re actually guaranteed to play Fallout 76).

We heard rumblings of things to come for Fallout 76 earlier this month when Bethesda pushed backed the long-awaited NPC-introducing Wasterlanders update. However, few would have expected such an audacious money-grubbing move.

Short of deconstructing what amounts to a pretty meager set of features packaged into the Fallout 76 membership, here’s the official blurb:

fallout 1st details
Fans don’t seem enthusiastic about Fallout 1st. | Source: Bethesda

The Internet Reacts in Predictable Fashion

The reaction has unsurprisingly produced some real gems. Much of the backlash centers on subscription features that should have been in Fallout 76 at launch. Other critics are using the membership announcement to plug Obsidian’s recently released title, The Outer Worlds.

Here is a selection of some of the best.

What’s Bethesda Doing?

From where we stand, the new scheme is unlikely to be the panacea needed to reverse the fortunes of Fallout 76. Less than a few hours into letting the news loose into the wilds of the internet, it has already exacerbated longstanding ill sentiment towards the game.

It’s difficult to understand what’s driving Bethesda’s strategy at this point.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

You May Also Like

Could Google’s Infamous Trigger Finger Kill Gaming Platform Stadia?

Google has shown a history of killing off many projects in the…

Amazon’s Insane PS Plus Deal Will Stack You up Beyond PlayStation 5

Amazon selling 12-month PS Plus membership for less than $25.00. That’s half…

5 Pokemon Sword and Shield Tips to Help Even the Biggest Noob Catch ‘Em All

Pokemon Sword and Shield have been released to excellent critical reviews. However,…

EA Finally Succeeds at Star Wars With Surprisingly Good ‘Jedi: Fallen Order’

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order released last week. The game is unlike…

Shameless Nintendo Brings Paid Subscription to Animal Crossing Pocket Camp

Nintendo plans on adding a subscription service to the two-year-old Animal Crossing…