Fallout 76 adds pay-to-win microtransactions

Fallout 76 is once again under fire, this time for adding pay-to-win microtransactions to its mix.

Bethesda used a blog post to advise that Repair Kits, new utility items, would be added into the game in an upcoming patch. The kits are designed to “help you spend more time looting and shooting, and less time toiling away at a workbench fixing your gear.”

In other words, the Repair Kits are decidedly not cosmetic and will give players who purchase them with real-world money an advantage over those who do not.

As you’d expect, Fallout 76‘s player base isn’t happy with the announcement. While some have straight up complained, others have offered a better way to introduce the Repair Kit into the always-online game.

“Allow us to craft repair kits,” Twitter user Nougan offered. “I’m ok if they make it challenging to make them, like let it be a plan dropped from SBQ, and it’ll take decent amount of many diff types of junks to make.”

Other users have pointed out that Bethesda has recently nerfed the White Knight perk, one that reduced wear and tear on armour and would have decreased the need for said Repair Kits. Coincidence? We’ll leave that to you to decide.

Fallout 76 is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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