Fallout 76 Collector’s Edition owners are claiming that the supposedly canvas bag is actually just a ‘cheap nylon bag’. Following an uproar from fans regarding the material of the bag that is included with Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, Bethesda has attempted to diffuse the situation by compensating fans in a measly way. In response, Bethesda says that they understand the disappointment of fans, and are offering $5 worth of premium Fallout 76 currency in compensation.
We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition. We are sorry. Please contact Bethesda Support to provide proof of your CE purchase. They will assist in granting your account 500 Atoms.
Please visit: https://t.co/TJBMjYaph0
— Fallout (@Fallout) November 29, 2018
“We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition,” reads a tweet from the official Fallout twitter account. “We are sorry.”
Judging from the reaction of the fans, this was probably not the best course of action by Bethesda. Loads of people who paid for the $200 product are extremely dissatisfied with the $5 compensation. Atoms are Fallout 76’s premium currency, and 500 of them will run you about $5 USD. Obviously, this is nothing compared to what collector’s edition owners paid for the game, as you can’t do much with 500 Atoms in your pocket.
For anyone who's wondering what you can get with 500 Atoms, you can get a door and some flowers. pic.twitter.com/4iOPzErV06
— Mitten Squad (@MittenSquad) November 29, 2018
According to Bethesda Customer Support, the company swapped to using nylon as the material for the bag because it was more easily available. “We hope this doesn’t prevent anyone from enjoying what we feel is one of our best collector’s editions,” states the customer support rep.
No matter how small or insignificant you think the change was, what Bethesda did is essentially false advertising. Even if their reasoning behind the change is justified, at the very least Bethesda could’ve told fans what they were getting into before making them wait months on end for the shipment.
Owners of Fallout 76 Collector’s Edition can contact Bethesda support with proof of purchase to have 500 Atoms added to their account. Considering Bethesda’s response, it’s likely the situation will only escalate as the controversy gets more attention.