Fallout developers Bethesda Games announced on their twitter today that Fallout 76 is getting a premium subscription pass starting today. Fallout 76 is a prequel to the games series and the first multiplayer game from Bethesda. The game didn’t hit the ground running however, it has kind of made its way out of the rut over the last year and has a pretty stable player base. Now it looks like they are ready to try and monetize on those fans, but is it a bit to early?
The premium pass, advertised as Fallout 1st, is $12.99 a month or $99.99 for a whole year. This costs more than the Xbox One Game Pass which starts at $9.99 for the base version on console and access to over 100 games. The Fallout 1st pass however looks like it is going to give the players almost enough to make it worth the cost. It includes private worlds, scrapbox, survival tent, atoms, ranger armor outfit, and an icon and emotes pack. The cost of a private realm for Minecraft runs the host $7.99 a month, just about half of the cost of Fallout 1st.
The top three items in the subscription are really the bread and butter of the Fallout 76 subscription itself. A private world to enjoy with your friends seems like something they should have done from the very beginning. Only the owner of the world has to be a member of Fallout 1st, however once they stop paying for the subscription only other members of Fallout 1st will be able to access it. The scrapbox is the answer to every hoarder out there. While the stash box has a limit on how much it can store, the scrapbox will be unlimited. The first question I have however, is what happens if you decide to cancel your subscription? Does the box disappear with everything in it or will this be something you get to keep?
The real value of the subscription comes from the cost of the atoms you receive each month. Members of Fallout 1st will get 1,650 atoms to spend in the store on whatever they please. The cost of just 1,000 atoms is roughly $10.00 depending on what vendor you purchase them from. Now this is really only worth it if you have things you want to purchase from the store, but it does make up a large portion of the subscription cost. Between these, the unlimited storage and private world it seems that the cost is actually pretty appealing. However, I would like to know if we could eventually get something that wasn’t bundled. What if you just want a private world or unlimited storage. Would it be possible to mix and match?
There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered, but it is still just the first day. My real question, is this something the fans really want? Is there a calling for private worlds and are fans going to be happy paying for the rest of the fluff that is coming with it? To learn more about Fallout 1st you can check out the official site page here.
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