Fallout 76 Free-To-Play Rumor Not True, Bethesda Confirms

Fallout 76 Free-To-Play Rumor Not True, Bethesda Confirms

Bethesda disliked that.

When reports began coming out of Australia that EB Games stores weren't carrying physical copies of Fallout 76 anymore, it prompted rumors that Fallout 76 was getting ready to go free-to-play. Bethesda has confirmed that this is not the case.

The speculation was kicked off following reported shortages of Fallout 76 copies in Australia. Despite stock seemingly fine in other retailers in nearby New Zealand, the word free-to-play began making the rounds across the internet.

One player reached out to Bethesda directly on Twitter to ask if this was true. Without missing a beat Bethesda simply responded: "There is no truth to this rumor."

We reached out to Bethesda to clarify whether this is Bethesda's official statement on the matter, and the Fallout developer confirmed. Regardless of how you feel about Fallout 76, it looks like it's going to remain in retail.

Fallout 76 is Bethesda's take on an online, cooperative Fallout game set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia. Unfortunately, the launch has gone a bit poorly, plagued with a myriad of bugs, middling reviews, and a lack of endgame content. While there are still diehard Fallout fans who're exploring Appalachia, Bethesda is busy releasing bug fixes and content drops in regular post-launch updates.

Check out our Fallout 76 guide for the latest walkthroughs and starter tips before setting off on your own journey in nuclear irradiated West Virginia.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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