Yesterday, Bethesda announcement Fallout 1st for Fallout 76. Fallout 1st is a subscription service for Fallout 76, giving subscribers extra benefits for signing up, such as private servers for friends to play in.
However, Fallout 76's subscription service and its unique features are not without their problems. Reports are coming in that the subscription-only Scrapbox, which allows players to store unlimited crafting supplies, is doing practically the opposite of its intended use, deleting the materials that are placed in it.
The Fallout 1st subscription costs $12.99 a month, or $99.99 a year, and offers a few unique features for those that pay. One of the highly sought features was private servers for subscribers, but even those private servers have had issues in Fallout 76. Another feature players were looking forward to was the Scrapbox, which will hold and an unlimited amount of crafting materials for the player. However, instead of holding the materials, it's deleting them, ruining hours of grinding and saving up the crafting materials.
One user on Reddit was, unfortunately, a victim of the Scrapbox glitch. "The scrapbox is glitched and you can lose all your stuff. I simply switched from a private server to a public server and lost 400 lbs of unrecoverable scrap." Moving between servers seems like a common enough task for Bethesda to account for, especially as Fallout 1st subscribers may want to play with random people or more than eight friends. But moving between servers could mean having hours and hours of grinding deleted in an instant, which is far from ideal.
Fallout 76 feels like it's under constant fire, and Bethesda's decisions aren't helping matters. Unsurprisingly, Fallout 76's players are not happy about Fallout 1st, and it's a bit tone-deaf on Bethesda's part to implement a subscription service when many of Fallout 76's features come out with bugs or some other caveat. With some content delayed, others locked behind a subscription, and still more Fallout 76 features feeling like pay-to-win models, fans are not very happy with the state of the game right now.
Hopefully, Bethesda will fix the problems with Fallout 76 soon. Whether players are paying or not, glitches and bugs can quickly ruin a multiplayer experience, and losing hours of work can make it very difficult to convince someone to come back.
Fallout 76 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.