Fallout 76's New $100 Yearly Subscription for Private Servers
Fallout 76 was released on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 14 2018. This is the first multi-player centric game in the much-loved Fallout 76 series. Last week Bethesda revealed that private servers would be coming to the game this week, called Fallout 1st, but there was no indication that the feature would be locked behind a subscription paywall.
Fallout 1st is a new subscription service that will cost $100 a year (or $13 a month). You can purchase a Fallout 1st subscription for $12.99 / £11.99 a month, or buy a full year at a 36% discount for $99.99 / £99.99. That price grants you access to private servers, making it possible for up to eight friends to have their own slice of the Wasteland that no other people can enter. Aside from receiving access to private worlds, Fallout 1st members will also receive a monthly bonus of 1,650 atoms to spend in the Atomic Shop. You'll also get a scrapbox, giving you unlimited storage for your crafting materials, and a survival tent includes a stash, a cooking station, a sleeping bag, and a scrapbox that you can place in the world to create a new fast travel location. You'll also get an exclusive outfit, emotes, and icons. Aside from receiving access to private worlds, Fallout 1st members will also receive a monthly bonus of 1,650 atoms (Fallout 76's in-game currency).
Other games have monthly fees, like World of Warcraft, which charges $15 a month. The Elder Scrolls Online, there is also an optional monthly fee. For ESO Plus, for $15 a month (or $140 a year), players get things like downloadable content, extra bank space, extra gold and experience points. It also offers a monthly monetary subsidy that players can use in the game's premium store. ESO Plus also has preferential access to DLC. But the main attraction of Fallout 1 is the private server.
When Fallout 76 players heard the news, they complained that the upgrade was punishing the poor, while others were a little tired of Fallout 76, and bundling the $100-a-year subscription together was a game-changing upgrade. Whether the release of Fallout 76 is disastrous or interesting, you can tell us what you think.