Fallout 76 is introducing controversial repair kits to the in-game store after promising no P2W

    
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Back in October 2018, Bethsoft’s Pete Hines verbally pounded on the desk stating that Fallout 76’s in-game store wouldn’t feature pay-to-win items. That insistence might be changing slightly in a future update with the advent of purchasable Repair Kits.

The new item comes in two varieties: Basic, which repairs a single item completely without using materials to do so, and Improved, which does the same thing except it restores an item to 150%, granting it more durability than usual. The Improved Repair Kit can be earned for free as a reward for completing in-game content such as taking down a Scorchbeast Queen, while the Basic Repair Kit is a cash-shop item.

According to the post that announces these items, Repair Kits are something that was asked for by the Fallout 76 community and the team saw an opportunity to “try out something new with (them), both in-game and in the Atomic Shop.” These items are due to arrive to the game in the coming weeks, along with further updates that will open up the first dungeon and a functional camera. The post also confirms that player vending features will arrive in Patch 9.

The Reddit playerbase is pretty cranky over the move, creating multiple posts like this one and even causing the mods to step in with a statement. While there’s argument over whether the armor repair kits are truly pay-to-win, there’s agreement that they’re more than mere cosmetics, and they certainly shift the terms of what’s considered acceptable in Fallout’s cash shop.

Source: Official site via wccftech. Thanks, A Random MMO Fan!
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Rolan Storm

Heh… This one is not getting up. To the list of everything now stamp “lootboxes” added.

I remember Atoms being not only boguht, but earned… But who cares, right? Right.

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Fouille

Geez i miss the good old days of games with no DLC , cash shops and loot chests i still have game box that are double the size they are now with nice manuels ,extras and even art books that were all part of the BASE game .

Bethesda need too take a step back and see what they were doing great way back because that what i miss the most .

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silverlock

I remember being cranky when they stopped including good manuals with games as a way to promote the sale of official “strategy guilds” that would release the same day as the game.

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Mewmew

I certainly wouldn’t classify them as a pay to win item, and yet at the same time they definitely are more than cosmetic and are extremely cheesy to add in to a cash shop that was supposed to just be cosmetics.

Some items take some fairly rare stuff to repair, you’re taking away having to gather and carry that stuff. The fact that it’s there would very much tick me off if I was still playing. As it is now that is another of their decisions that gives me yet another reason to stay away and not return to the game.

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harbinger_kyleran

As one who wearied of the constant scavaging for rare materials such as ballistic fiber I would actually welcome the chance to buy my way past this.

Defintely will look into keeping a few on hand for when materials are short.

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John Kiser

Yeah I wouldn’t call it pay to win by any extent. Doesn’t mean I’m happy @ adding it.

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Danny Smith

This game honestly makes me wonder if Videogames have some strange tax breaks for shit shows like the ones Uwe Boll used in Germany to make millions off intentional bombs and few beyond Todd have figured it out yet.

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silverlock

You mean like the UK’s Tiger Lilly tax scam records?

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hurbster

Hmmmm.

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hurbster

Can”t edit images ? Ok.

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oldandgrumpy

Strikes me as a studio desperately in need of some cash. Are things really financial that bad for them ?

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Random MMO fan

I mean, if nobody is buying the game anymore and nobody cares about few cosmetic items (because not many people play this game and there’s a chance that you will be connected to server with only few active players), you still need money for running the servers and paying a few people who still maintain this game so the ONLY way to earn them is to just sell p2w items ;-)

Personally I am not affected because I don’t play the game, so they might start selling Invulnerability potions or 100x damage multiplier weapon mods, I don’t mind. It’s just amusing to see them backtracking on their promise ;-)

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Danny Smith

I imagine its probably got a drop off in new sales worse than any Bethesda game this side of Arena and they gotta validate that GAAS persistent development costs somehow.

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Your Honor

It seems to me that it all falls down to how hard is it to repair items through normal play.

This is definitely not pay to win if you are playing in PvE servers. I don’t particularly care if someone is paying to repair their gear and I’m not. Their experience hardly has an effect on me.

However, if finding mats to repair your gear is a pain in the neck and paying for these kits makes the game more enjoyable or fluid, then I do see how it’s sorta becomes frustrating from a different angle. Not pay to win angle but that sleazy way of extracting money from people and making players into payers.

Personally, I never liked it. This feel like that tactic.

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J

I did not purchase this game. That said, who the hell is still playing it after the BS fiasco that it has been. There are MUCH better options for a survival or survival lite title.

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PurpleCopper

You’d expect that the more powerful repair kit to be cash-shop only, and the basic repair kit to be earnable in-game.

It’s still p2w because the basic-kit is cash-shop only item that can’t be earned in-game. The improved-Repair Kit is just a decoy.

Not the worst case of pw2, but still p2w nonetheless.

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Fervor Bliss

Does not matter if you can make it in game. You are paying for an advantage.

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PurpleCopper

Technically yes. But there are shades of P2W that people will/will not tolerate to a degree.

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Fervor Bliss

Exactly. So why lie about it? People want to trust you and this is how you treat them.

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Sorenthaz

Basic as a cash shop item is a no-no. Just make it something that can be crafted so you’re dumping potentially more common materials into repairing stuff that would regularly require rarer materials.