Ah, Bethesda, they just can't seem to stay in the fans' good books, can they? Sometimes such outrage is justified, others less so, but we'll let you be the judge in this case.
There's a lot of backlash amongst players currently over a new Repair Kit that is being added to the game that many are arguing goes against Bethesda's commitment not to introduce "play-to-win" items to the game.
There's two types of repair kits, a free, rare drop item that are known as "improved" repair kits, but the crux of this latest controversy is the "basic" repair kit, which is unlockable via the Atomic Shop. The Atomic Shop can be used by spending Atoms found in game, but you can also spend real money to unlock Atoms.
So far, the Atomic Shop has basically been a purveyor of cosmetic enhancements - fine - as they give no advantage. The argument now is that these repair kits being purchasable for cash will give players with money to spend an advantage.
Bethesda defended the decision in the following statement
We read tons of feedback and suggestions from the Fallout 76 community, and Repair Kits were a popular request that we wanted to get into players’ hands," Bethesda said when introducing the kits. "We also felt we could try out something new with these, both in-game and in the Atomic Shop. As we look to the future, we’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well, such as refrigerators for C.A.M.P.s, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home.
Repair Kits are our first attempt at a utility item like this, and we plan to make adjustments based on your feedback, so we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us when they go live later this month.
Some argue repair kits offer no major advantage, but others point out that this could just be the start of a slipper micro-transaction fuelled slope.
What do you guys reckon? Let us know below!