Fallout 76 clarifies that seasons will be free, with some potential Fallout 1st bonuses in the future

    
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Fallout 76 clarifies that seasons will be free, with some potential Fallout 1st bonuses in the future

If there’s one thing that Fallout 76 does remarkably well, it’s making people angry about the way the game is monetized, all the way back to the Great Canvas Shortage with the game’s collector’s edition. When the game’s roadmap for 2020 was announced, it included a note that the game’s first “season” would be free for everyone, which led to speculation (even on our podcast) that subsequent seasons would not necessarily be free. But a new tweet has clarified that as poor phrasing, stating unambiguously that all seasons will be free for everyone.

The tweet in question apologizes for the lack of clarity, making it clear that this was not a change in plans but an existing plan that was poorly communicated. That doesn’t mean Fallout 1st players might not get exclusive little add-ons in the future, of course; it just means that the seasonal content itself will not require additional payment and was never intended to. So that’s a loss for the people responsible for drafting that announcement, but it means that the game is definitely not aiming at fleecing players! We can forgive people who might have assumed otherwise.

Source: Twitter

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rafael12104
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rafael12104

Ok. I’m glad they clarified that. Because it was a sour note and it stood out. Everyone caught that. It was the old drug dealer “the first one is free” line in the middle of good news report.

So, I’ve been supporting F76 for a long time. And I enjoy the game immensely. But let’s be honest, I’m not buying this “misspoken” bullshit.

But they have learned something since The Great Canvas Shortage. They backtrack fast.

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MrNastyButler

So when they say “free”, how much exactly is it going to be?

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Mikey's Bored

Free.

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Kazdal

Right!

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MrNastyButler

Oh for one season it’s going to be free. Do we get to pick the season or is it going to be predetermined? I suspect it will be predetermined since Summer is usually the most easiest to do. Wonder how much it will be to buy the others.

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Mikey's Bored

No, they literally said all seasons are going to be free. You don’t have to pick the season, because there will be 4 a year, and you won’t have to pay for any of them.

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MrNastyButler

I’m still suspicious. I’ll wait and see. I suspect it’s more of a “Free” as in you can download it as part of a patch but you’ll have to pay to get them activated in the game.

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Mikey's Bored

There is no premium/paid reward track for their seasons there is only one, and the entire thing is free for all players, that includes the rewards as long as you play the game and rank up your seasonal reward track through doing your daily and weekly challenges, in addition to quests and events, etc. They are essentially replacing the current challenges system that’s already in the game with this system. They will automatically be activated once the patches hit for each season, you won’t have to do, or pay for anything.

You will be able to buy your way through the seasonal reward track, like with other games, but with FO76 you will have to wait 2 weeks before you can begin paying your way through it at all, and the rewards are not going into the Atom shop after.

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Sorenthaz

Okay so it was just them having the same awkward wording that they had with stressing that the Wastelanders update was also free. It was definitely worded in a way that allowed them to potentially go back and say “oh it was just the first season that was free” but that would’ve been a huge d**k move IMO since seasons replace the old challenge system. Fallout 1st bonus rewards would be fine for future seasons I guess, but glad they clarified.

On one hand it’s sad that they had to clarify this, but on the other hand they’ve already burned enough good will to where they can’t get away with loose-ended verbiage.

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flatline4400

You had one job!

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Malcolm Swoboda

Sounds good. But also sounds like they’re seeking PR coverage in case they mess up initial implementation like they do on so many things.

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Dug From The Earth

The main issue I see with the way they are doing season rewards…

some are not cosmetic, and affect gameplay

And you can spend real money to get them instantly.

Despite all their past claims about the game not allowing that.

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7BitBrian

Other games that use the seasonal model do the same thing, the biggest probably being Destiny 2, and again it does the same thing. You get statted weapons and armor from the season pass, and you can buy ranks. The only difference is that Destiny 2’s isn’t completely free. they have a paid version as well.

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Mikey's Bored

Also you won’t be able to instantly buy them right away like with other seasonal systems in other games. You have to wait two weeks before you can start buying the ranks/rewards, and seasonal rewards won’t be in the atom shop.