After suffering what was arguably the most disastrous launch this console generation, many expected Fallout 76 to quickly go free-to-play in an effort to rope back in lost fans, but according to Bethesda, that ain’t happening.
The rumor that Fallout 76 would go free-to-play surfaced not long after launch, but it has recently picked up steam following reports of physical copies being pulled from stores. In frustration, fans have been lashing out at Bethesda about the publisher potentially making the game free after diehard fans all spent money on it, but in response to one of these comments, Bethesda confirmed there is no truth to the free-to-play rumor.
There is no truth to this rumor.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 22, 2019
This is not to say Fallout 76 will never go free-to-play, just that it currently isn’t part of Bethesda’s strategy to repair Fallout’s reputation. Depending on how the game’s 2019 develops, free-to-play may end up being the game’s best bet if it wants to survive for more than a few months, but for now, we’ll have to wait and see what else the publisher and developer have in store.
Two of the studio’s recent strategies for repairing its relationship with the fanbase included punishing those who exploit the game’s bugs for an unfair advantage, and handing out free games to the dedicated fans that picked the game up last year.
Source: PC Gamer