Fallout 76 to feature cosmetic microtransactions and free updates

Today, Bethesda revealed even more details about Fallout 76 for Xbox One and PC. The shared-world shooter is launching on November 14, 2018 and contains numerous new mechanics. Aside from more ways to experience a post-apocalyptic West Virginia, Fallout 76 features microtransactions and free updates.

According to Bethesda, the studio will provide free updates for years to come. Apart from that, microtransactions will only be cosmetic in nature and can be earned through gameplay. WCCFtech compiled a great list of other changes like player mutations, perk cards, and deep crafting as well.

It's great to see that Fallout 76 will receive free updates, but it's unclear if that rules out paid expansions. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know. The game's microtransactions model also seem fair because it's cosmetic only.

Keep in mind that Fallout 76 isn't a hardcore survival game like Ark: Survival Evolved or Conan Exiles. Bethesda's Todd Howard called it "softcore survival" but it's unclear what that means. It seems that the focus will mostly be on completing quests rather than mining resources or chopping down trees, even though the latter is required.

Hopefully Fallout 76 will be a polished experience when it launches this winter. Bethesda spent a considerable amount of time clearing misconceptions surrounding the game after its initial reveal. More publishers should do this if they sense gamers aren't understanding the concept or there isn't more information available.

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