‘Fallout 76’ Players Are Annoyed About A $7 Fridge
A fridge might seem like a strange thing to annoy a game's community. Especially one that only functions to keep food from spoiling but it's very much the principle of the thing. Bethesda recently added a fridge to the Atomic Shop, Fallout 76's microtransaction store. The fridge costs 700 atoms, roughly $7, and it's the only item in the game that keeps your food from going off. Considering Bethesda said that the Atomic Shop would strictly sell cosmetic items, you can probably see why players are rankled.
Bethesda has already toed the line of what cosmetic only means. Earlier this year, Bethesda began selling repair kits in the Atomic Shop. These consumables allowed players to immediately restore their gear to 100% health, there were even ones that would buff items to 150% their normal condition. While these were not extra powerful guns or unique armours that gave you an advantage in combat, they weren't purely cosmetic items. They let players with money side-step the significant grind of scavenging materials to keep your gear functioning.
The fridge has got the community's back up further because it was actually an idea originally put forward by a player. In that thread a Bethesda dev says they'll pass the idea onto the team.
Along with the fridge, another item added to the Atomic Shop is a robot gatherer that will scour the area around your camp for scrap and materials to scavenge. Again, not a game breaking tool, but something that isn't simply a cosmetic and also functionality that isn't available without spending Atoms.
It also doesn't help that it costs so much - relatively speaking. The fridge will set you back $7, which is only $3 less than the Automatron DLC. That was a fairly meaty update with new gear, quests, and enemies in whole new locations to explore. Maybe the DLC was underpriced, but it makes a $7 fridge a bit rich. Especially if you're also going to by the robot gatherer, too.
This is still the first year for Fallout 76, it will be interesting to see what the next steps will be for Bethesda and its microtransactions. In three years time, what functionality will players only be able to access by buying items in the Atomic Shop?
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