If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Bethesda deny Fallout 76 free-to-play rumour


Bethesda have denied a rumour that Fallout 76 is preparing to go free-to-play. Launched in November 2018, their multiplayer survival sandbox scored a 'noncommittal, wavy gesture of the hands and forearms accompanied by an exclamatory exhalation' out of 10, a score further lessened by bugs and leaking personal information and bugs and skimping on the £175 edition. While the rumour was based on hearsay and assumption, it rang true to enough people to rocket down the information superhighway.

"There is no truth to this rumour," Bethesda said simply on Twitter last night in response to one player's question. Yeah but they would say that, wouldn't they? Ipso facto it's going F2P QED lorem ipsum, Frankenstein.

The rumour, as relayed by SegmentNext, was based largely on a supposed mystery source at Australian retailer EB Games saying the distributor was recalling copies. As rumours go, it's hardly concrete, but it still whizzed around the Internet and was taken as fact by many. A lot of rubberneckers and schadenfreude-seekers want the mess of Fallout 76 to get even worse.

The game is very 'noncommittal, wavy gesture of the hands and forearms accompanied by an exclamatory exhalation', to be clear. As Nate Crowley said in our Fallout 76 review, "Fallout 76 feels like an atavistic reprisal of a late-2000s MMO. Worse yet, with its low server populations and absence of human NPCs, it's as if it's designed to feel like a dying late-2000s MMO."

But that doesn't mean it's already going free-to-play. Even if it does already have the microtransactions you'd expect in a free-to-play game. God, it really is such a 'noncommittal, wavy gesture of the hands and forearms accompanied by an exclamatory exhalation' game.

About the Author

Alice O'Connor avatar

Alice O'Connor

News Editor

When not writing news, Alice may be found in the sea.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information


We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles