With only days to go until New Year’s Eve, Bethesda has to redouble its efforts to run Fallout 76 right into the ground. So how will the studio earn that “Most Disappointing Game of the Year” award from major games outlets? How about introducing lockboxes into a game that it specifically said it would keep free of such items?
Yes, this may well be true. Players combing through the changelogs for upcoming patches have found references to Atom Store “lunch boxes” that open up with visual flair and contain items that include party favors, gift bags, bonuses, and items that cancel out negative effects. It’s possible these are some sort of holiday gift, but Fallout Shelter players know lunch boxes quite well, as those are the lockboxes that already permeate that free-to-play game.
Back in October, Pete Hines said of the game’s monetization system that, “We give you a s**tload of Atoms just for playing the game. Folks that want to spend money on whatever the hell it is because they don’t have enough Atoms, they can, but it’s not, ‘I’m now better playing against other players because I spent money.’ It’s not pay-to-win. And it’s not loot crates.”