It seems like some stores are just giving away copies of Fallout 76. At least that's the case in GameStop Germany, where at least one store is giving away free copies of Fallout 76 with the purchase of a used controller.
As spotted on Reddit, a poster from a German GameStop location advertised a new promotional deal: "Buy a used PS4 controller, get a copy of Fallout 76 for free." That's not a bad deal considering a used PS4 controller in the United States goes for around $40. Plus, it's always nice to have a spare controller lying around the house in case you have a friend over, or if a cat chews off one of the thumbsticks.
The news comes just days after a new Fallout 76 patch re-introduced several bugs that were previously fixed in earlier patches. All of this is part of one conga line of troubles Bethesda has faced since the rocky launch of Fallout 76 back in November 2018.
It's gotten to the point where even Fallout 76's official subreddit, r/FO76, has started openly criticizing the live-service game. And that's a community that was previously known as the more forgiving of the two main Fallout subreddits.
Item stock issues might have also been behind the news that certain Australian EB Games retailers weren't carrying copies of Fallout 76 anymore. This led to speculation that Fallout 76 was going free-to-play, but Bethesda denied those rumors.
Bethesda continues to work on improvements for Fallout 76, but time will tell if Bethesda can manage a turn-around on par with other famous comebacks like Final Fantasy 14 or No Man's Sky.
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