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Fallout 76 features 'Atom' cosmetic microtransactions

Fallout 76 is right around the corner, and new details keep on emerging. Today, GameSpot discussed the microtransactions system. According to the report, "you won't be able to spend real money on Perk Cards to unlock more abilities, with the microtransaction system instead limited to cosmetics."

Fallout 76 features a currency called "Atoms." Atoms can only be spent on outfits and other cosmetic upgrades. Luckily, you can earn Atoms by completing quests. However, if you really want an item, you can always buy some Atoms with real money. We have no idea how much Atoms will cost, so hopefully they won't be too expensive like Ubisoft's "Helix Credits."

While we would like to see microtransactions steer clear of "AAA" games, cosmetic-only purchases don't impact gameplay. The free-to-play action game, Path of Exile, is a great model of microtransactions done right because all you can purchase are skins. GameSpot went on to say that "Hines suggested Bethesda will be generous with Atoms." Hopefully it'll be easy to accumulate them and they won't feel like a grind.

Since Microsoft has a marketing agreement with Bethesda, Xbox One players can access the "B.E.T.A" on October 23, 2018. The B.E.T.A. begins for PC and PlayStation 4 players a week later on October 30. In order to play the game early, you'll have to preorder Fallout 76 and then redeem a code that comes with your purchase on the game's website. There doesn't appear to be any other way at the moment.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • I really wish this site wouldn't rely so heavily on youtube videos. I would imagine a good deal of your readership are people who spend a good bit of the day behind a corporate internet filter.
  • I hope it stays just cosmetic. I hate the pay to win model.