Bethesda is a great video game publisher, so big it’s not possible you haven’t heard of it if you have an internet connection. They had their ups and downs but one thing they’ve always known how to do right is world-building.
After Fallout 76 was released even that comes into question, so we here at GameBuz, PC, console and mobile games news site, prepared for you a list of most controversial things that followed this release.
The first thing in this chain of events that confused and enraged a lot of fans is the engine that Bethesda decided to use. Everyone thought it was going to be Gamebryo, which was used for Fallout 3, and then Bethesda transformed it into their own Creation engine.
There is the talk of changing and upgrading the engine, but I’m not sure how many upgrades are going to be enough for this engine to at least be presentable. While their games generally look great, Bethesda has a long history filled with bugs and weird animation, and Fallout 76 looks horribly outdated in comparison to other new releases worthy of an AAA production.
Online Multiplayer Only
When Fallout 76 was first announced, everyone expected a new single player game since all the advertisement was pointing in that way. So naturally, after the reveal, players worldwide have expressed discontent when they found out it was going to be online multiplayer only. Fans even created a petition for the single-player mode that received thousands of signatures within a day.
At Bethesda’s E3 conference in 2018, it was confirmed that there will be an option for single players, but you would still need to be online. Considering the fact that only human players can be encountered, the world of Fallout 76 for single players is going to be a pretty lonely place.
Mods Are Bad, Mkay?
Fallout 76 has a huge resemblance to Fallout 4, so it seems they modified the graphics in order to make it look different, but not necessarily better.
Since the nature of Bethesda Game Studios is to have some issues within the game, players started to use various mods that appeared online to change the appearance of their character, map style, or anything really, to their preference. That, for some reason, led to banning of everyone who used mods.
On top of that, Bethesda support, allegedly, asked from people who are banned to write an essay about why mods are bad. That seems a little too much.
Quality Control, Or Lack Thereof
Bethesda knows how to produce their games quickly and right on the schedule. You may think that’s a good thing but when Fallout 76 came out it looked like an unfinished product.
It seems as if they didn’t spend enough time testing their product, and when customers point out some issues they are mostly ignored. Furthermore, they have refused every request for the refund to any dissatisfied customer who has downloaded the game. Bethesda might even face a lawsuit over the unplayable quality after they released the game for a full price.
Power Armor Collector’s Edition
Another bad move on Bethesda’s side is their false advertising of the $200 collector’s edition package. The advertisement showed a glow-in-the-dark world map with some collectible figurines, exclusive steelcase, power armor helmet, and canvas duffle bag. That doesn’t sound bad, but the problem occurred when they kept the same advertisement after they changed one of the items.
Instead of the canvas duffle bag, they sent a cheap variation of a nylon bag. Of course, the customers weren’t satisfied, and Bethesda’s first response to that was to give them 500 Atoms (in-game money) that ironically couldn’t even buy them the postman skin that comes with the same duffle bag. They later reached out and said they will ship out replacements but you’re probably going to wait for them for a couple of months.
Leaked Customer Information
After they responded to Collector’s edition customers stating they will replace the duffle bags, they instructed them to visit their support site and submit a ticket. What should have been a happy ending, turned into a bigger disaster. Many customers reported that after their ticket submission they were exposed to other customers’ personal information. Not only they were able to see emails and addresses, but partial credit card information as well.
Nuka Dark Rum
Like the collector’s edition fiasco wasn’t enough, Bethesda took on another step toward false advertising. Apparently, Bethesda partnered with the Silver Screen Bottling Company and created “Nuka Dark Rum” alcoholic beverage.
It was available for pre-order for $80, and again, fans were disappointed. Everyone believed, from the advertisement, that they would get a glass bottle in shape of a nuclear bomb, but what it actually is, is a regular bottle of rum inside of a plastic case. The rum should better be exquisite.
Considering this series of unfortunate events, to say the least, Bethesda deals with their controversies very poorly. It feels like they are leeching onto their last forgiving fans in order to survive the fallout they created around them.
They should probably drop the Fallout series as a whole, in my opinion, and leave it to Obsidian that made Fallout New Vegas and is currently making it’s spiritual successor The Outer Worlds. It may not be better looking than Fallout 4 but is definitely a better gameplay experience, and I’m pretty sure every hardcore fan of Fallout series would agree with me.