Fallout 76, the most recent installment in the Fallout franchise, is one of Bethesda’s most unsuccessful titles. In fact, its launch was so rough that, not even three months after launch, rumors about the game going free-to-play have started popping up. The rumors originated after reports of physical copies of Fallout 76 being pulled from the shelves came in. In a short tweet, Bethesda finally shutdown the rumors.
Over the weekend, reports claiming Australian video game retailer EB Games removed Fallout 76 copies from store shelves showed up. According to the reports, EB Games was not behind this and the action was a distributor recall.
The rumor quickly caught traction and, as you might expect, led to mass confusion among Fallout 76 owners. Players who paid full price for the AAA game started to worry and asked Bethesda for a refund. As GameInformer reports, Bethesda replied to one such user, stating that there is “no truth” to the rumors.
There is no truth to this rumor.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 22, 2019
Fallout 76 launched a short while ago on November 14th 2018. Barely three months after launch, rumors about the game going free-to-play have shown up. The situation is so dire that people are actually starting to believe that the rumors might be real. Since its release, Fallout 76 has had a rocky life. Not even a month after release, Bethesda accidentally leaked sensitive personal data of many Fallout 76 players. Retailers from across the world have slashed Fallout 76 prices by more than half.
Considering all of this, going free-to-play might just be a viable option. In most cases, a game only goes free-to-play near the end of its lifespan. Unfortunately for Fallout 76, that moment seems to have arrived way too soon. It will be interesting to see how Bethesda salvages the situation, if that is even possible anymore.