A new quality-of-life feature is coming to Fallout 76 in the form of an item called "Repair Kits." These kits allow you to repair a degraded item back up to 100% condition. The catch is that Repair Kits will need to be purchased from Fallout 76's microtransaction store, the Atomic Shop, for real money.
In a new Fallout 76 blog post, Bethesda outlined its plans for the Repair Kits, which will be coming later this month. Before the Repair Kits, players would need to repair their weapons and equipment at Work Benches and pay material costs to get their items back up to full condition. With Repair Kits, players can make it so that any equipment can get back to 100% without needing to go to a Work Bench or pay material costs.
There will be two kinds of Repair Kits, "Basic" and "Improved." Basic Repair Kits are single-use and will immediately restore one item in your inventory back to 100% condition. These can be purchased in the Atomic Shop with Atoms, Fallout 76's premium currency which requires real money. Players can also earn Atoms through in-game challenges, but buying them outright is faster.
The Improved Repair Kits are rare items that will buff a selected item to 150% per one-time use. Unlike Basic Repair Kits, Improved Repair Kits will be awarded for free for completing in-game tasks like taking down a Scorchbeast Queen.
The fact that Repair Kits are paid items has raised concern that these could give paying customers an unfair advantage. Consider PvP scenarios, where players who can afford Repair Kits will be able to fix their items on the fly, while players tied to repairing items through Work Benches must make do with deteriorating gear.
The r/FO76 subreddit is currently criticizing the decision to make Repair Kits purchasable items, and Bethesda says it is actively looking for feedback on its decision with Repair Kits. In the same blog post the company writes:
"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[.]"
The subreddit has responded largely negatively, but are unsurprised. One commenter writes, "[Bethesda] knew how the community would react to this, I believe they are fully prepared to take this amount of backlash with silence to let [it] all die quietly without taking any action to correct the situation."
It's safe to say the latest update to Fallout 76 isn't going over well with the community. It's yet another episode in the ongoing troubles with Fallout 76. For more on Bethesda's live-service RPG check out our Fallout 76 guide.