PSA: Fallout 76 is offering a free trial, Fallout First trial, and an atom sale

    
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PSA: Fallout 76 is offering a free trial, Fallout First trial, and an atom sale

Some games celebrate the day their games hit early access, or funded on Kickstarter, or actually launched. Fallout 76, however, is celebrating a lore day: October 23rd, “the day the bombs fell” – in the fictional 2077, of course, the nuclear apocalypse that defines the franchise. And this celebration will offer more than cake and party hats: Bethsoft is offering free game access.

“From now through October 26, you’ll be able to experience the entire game for free. This includes the base game experience, plus Wastelanders and Nuclear Winter,” Bethsoft says. “[I]f you decide to get Fallout 76 when the Free Play Week is over, not only will all your progress carry over, but the game and all available content bundles will be on sale! Note that Xbox players will need Xbox Gold to play during the free trial.”

To sweeten the pot, the company is also granting free sub time too in what it’s calling a “limited Fallout 1st preview,” which will remind you a lot of the way ZeniMax runs its Elder Scrolls Online sub trials.

“In order to claim it, all you have to do is log in between October 20 and October 26, find the free Fallout 1st Limited Preview ‘item’ in the Atomic Shop, and you’ll have access to some of the features offered with the membership. This trial will allow you to use the Scrapbox (which will need to be claimed separately through the Fallout 1st section of the Atomic Shop in order to build it in your C.A.M.P.) and Survival Tent. Just like for full Fallout 1st members, the Scrapbox will give you unlimited storage for your crafting components, and the Survival Tent operates as a placeable fast travel point with a Stash, Sleeping Bag, Scrapbox, Instrument and Cooking Station. (The Survival Tent will be located in your Favorites wheel after you activate your preview.) You will have access to both of these features until the preview ends on October 26. Once the preview ends, anything in your Scrapbox will persist (you won’t lose any of those precious crafting materials!), but you won’t be able to add anything new.”

Existing players and franchise fans will want to check out the ongoing sales; Fallout 76, for example, is 60% off, and there are running discounts on bundles and atoms too.

Source: Official site, press release

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MilitiaMasterV

After trying ESO and seeing all the money grubbing going on, I think I’ll skip it. I always wanted to try out the Fallout stuff, but I’ve never played any of them and from the sounds of it, this isn’t that anyway, just a ‘give us money’ system designed around a intellectual property someone else created…

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Sorenthaz

Good time for folks to check it out if they’ve been on the fence, or are willing to give it a look to see if it’s really as bad as folks want to keep pretending it is.

While it’s obviously not perfect and there are things they could have done better, no other game really has the same blend of elements that make it fun to me. Exploration is the biggest factor, but the RPG progression, build diversities, CAMP feature, group content that was recently added… there’s just a lot that’s really enjoyable to me. I still actually haven’t bothered doing any of the NPC questlines yet, which I probably should. I’ve just been having fun with the sandbox element and ignoring optimal shenanigans and so on.

The game feels good as hell if you treat it as sort of a virtual world to just get lost in and explore/be a part of.

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Richard de Leon III

Thanks Bethesda, but no thanks. I dont want the opportunity of feeding you money monthly beyond the 60 dollar cost of the game itself. I’d rather reload the older Fallouts and download mods. Do us all a favor and release Fallout 5 so we can forget about 76.

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Sorenthaz

It’s $40 regularly and $15.99 on sale right now. It hasn’t been $60 in a long while.

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Richard de Leon III

The point is that they shouldve made a 60 dollar AAA game without the cash shop or sub. Even at that price I wouldnt stand for the mtx and always online.

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Emiliano Lozada

Guess you’re tapping out since Fo5 and TES6 will have MTX or are you ignoring the creation club?

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Richard de Leon III

I can ignore creation club, i do in f4. Mods make up for it and offline play. I dont think Bethesda is stupid enough to release f5 and es6 without mod support, the backlash would be catastrophic. If that happens Ill survive on the older fallouts as long as mod support exists.

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Emiliano Lozada

Except you stated that you wouldn’t stand for MTX and that they should’ve made an AAA with no MTX but the single player games have exactly that. Then on the same breath you say that you can ignore the MTX on the single player games.

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Richard de Leon III

You do realize the Creation Club wasnt there day 1? They decided to add it after the fact in order to try to avoid the backlash. I was pissed along with many fallout fans. It was too late to demand a refund. I have no other offline srpg that has a persistant online cash shop.

Thankfully the mod support made it irrelevant since those same mods are avialable for free to download off mod sites, in many cases they were better than what was offered by the CC.

Addendum: Thanks to the patch 1.10 that added the CC, i refuse to buy bethesda games day 1 anymore. I’ll wait a couple of years only if they dont put in the CC (which is unlikely at this point) and the game has mod support and offline. I stopped buying sports games for the same reason, adding idiotic shops and ads after release.

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Tobasco da Gama

I’ve been meaning to check out the One Wasteland eventually, and I’ve clearly been in a Fallout-y mood lately, as I started a replay of FO4 a week or so back. Guess that means I’ll be installing 76 at some point.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Its not on Geforce NOW so they can’t really be that desiring of players.

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BalsBigBrother

Once you have played Fallout 76 with the scrapbox it’s kind of hard to do without it and the convenience it offers. The tent is kind of useful too as an extra free travel point and for the ability to drop anywhere so you can clear inventory, swap gear or refresh buffs.

The biggest thing for Fallout 1st is of course private instances but you dont get that with the free trial but for me certainly worth the price of admission all on its own.

About the only thing I don’t use with the Fallout 1st sub are the monthly atom store currency. It’s rare I see anything on the store that I am actually excited for or want to buy.

I imagine this article will just be full of folks trashing it though /shrugs I will be enjoying myself in game.

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rafael12104

Same. Yup. No surprise for those who know I’ve been playing this game since launch and was happily a Fallout 1st member when it became available.

I won’t play without the scrapbox now. It is a game changer. And I play in my own world for the most part, although I do venture into public worlds as needed for big events or to take down the Queen.

I don’t spend my monthly stipend of Atoms on Atom shop items. Most of the items are just this side of “meh” and a lot of the items have cosmetic issues like holes in armor, weird clipping, etc.

BUT what I do use the atoms for is the Legendary Race. I buy slots and move through the seasons quickly earning a crap load of rewards.

If I stop my Fallout 1st membership, I’ll stop playing Fallout 76.

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Sorenthaz

I approach Fallout 1st similar to ESO Plus where if I want some Atoms I’ll just buy a sub because it’s cheaper and get all the extra benefits for a month. Scrap storage definitely comes in handy, but I haven’t found it necessary – just a convenience if I want to stop being lazy about managing all the Steel/other Scrap I’ve amassed (what you do is bulk them up and then just go sell them for caps if you don’t want to hold onto them).

The Private Server aspect is definitely useful, especially if you want to farm materials and whatnot. Ballistic Fiber is a big one that often gets looted off of servers before you can get to them normally. That’s at least the one that I’ve had most trouble with acquiring regularly, though I guess I haven’t began moving eastward yet.

Also for the most part the only Atom Store stuff I’m ever interested in is CAMP stuff. I just started hunkering down in a new spot and building out my camp over the last week and have been having quite a lot of fun sprucing it up and making it look nice. Adding Halloween decorations is a must.

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Danny Smith

Buy to play with a cash shop, pay to win mechanics no matter how minor, battlepass horseshit and the audacity to charge a sub fee for whats essentially a bad modpack for Fallout 4.

Pardon my french but its rare “yeah, go fuck yourself” is my reaction to a brand i have a lot of years put in and love for offering a trial on a “pay to get around annoyances” hustle in this live service recycle scam.