Fallout 76's new subscription service is predictably broken

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Published by FileTrekker 4 weeks ago , last updated 4 weeks ago

In case you hadn't heard, Fallout 76 has a new subscription service - it's $12 a month, is the only way to get access to the long promised private servers feature, and predictably has gone down like a lead balloon with an anvil tied to the end with fans.

But it's not just the fact that Bethesda have decided to try and scrape every last penny and dime out of their player-base that is upsetting people - the actual updates and promised features are, as you might have guessed, typically broken in true Bethesda style.

Part of the new subscription gives players access to new premium boxes, which allow unlimited storage of crafting materials. Great, you might think - except you can't trust anything you store in there - as it appears that anything inside has a chance of disappearing completely. 

Bethesda say that the chance of this happening is 'small' but admits that those players 'have in fact experienced a loss of scrap items after placing them into the Scrap Box and then loading into a world'

Even more wonderfully, the anchor feature of the premium subscription, private servers, is also broken. It appears that despite being labeled as such, the servers are not truly private - anyone on your Steam friends list can join and leave a private server at will and cause whatever havoc they wish, without an invite.

Given a lot of players have tonnes of people on their friends list, many of whom they probably don't know very well, this effectively leaves your "private" server wide open.

Bethesda stated to Polygon that they are "looking to provide an option in an upcoming patch that will allow Fallout 1st members to restrict access to their servers more completely" - but as for when that will be coming, we don't really know.

The premium membership also gives players 1,650 atoms a month to spend in the Atom Store, a new survival tent, and various cosmetics.

Worth it for 1.5x the cost of a Netflix subscription or even PlayStation Now? I'll leave that up to you. Let us know in the comments below.

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