Things Go From Bad to Worse for Fallout 76 as Law Firm Investigates "Deceptive Trade Practices"

Things Go From Bad to Worse for Fallout 76 as Law Firm Investigates "Deceptive Trade Practices"

It's been a cold, hard November for Bethesda.

A private law firm is investigating the possibility of levelling a lawsuit at Bethesda for the shoddy launch state of Fallout 76, and the company's subsequent refusal to issue requested refunds.

Migliaccio & Rathod LLP posted about possibly launching a "Deceptive Trade Practices Investigation" against Bethesda on the law firm's website, as well as the r/techsupport subreddit.

"Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating Bethesda Game Studios for releasing a heavily-glitched game, Fallout 76, and refusing to issue refunds for PC purchasers of the game who found it to be unplayable because of its technical problems," both posts state. "While minor bugs and glitches are expected with the release of most new games, Fallout 76 launched with a 56GB patch that has proven to be but a starting point for the game’s problems."

Both posts conclude with the law firm asking disgruntled Fallout 76 owners to reach out if they've tried to receive a refund.

Migliaccio & Rathod LLP states it's "Committed to consumer protection," and indeed the firm has a history of class-action lawsuits against tech giants. Clicking on the firm's two-year-old reddit account reveals it's pursued numerous class-action suits, mostly against manufacturers of phones, tablets, and laptops.

Fallout 76 isn't doing so hot critically or commercially. The game's myriad technical issues prompted players to seek refunds that were rejected—which, in turn, piqued the interest of lawyers like Migliaccio & Rathod LLP.

Earlier today, Bethesda promised two major December updates for Fallout 76 along with an apology for its lack of communication since the game's launch.

"We know you’re frustrated and angry at the state of things right now, whether it’s the issues you’re running into in the game, or the lack of communication about fixes, updates, or news," Bethesda wrote. "We didn’t want you to think the silence meant nothing was happening. We're sorry and understand this was not the right approach, and we’ll work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at BGS."

Despite its flaws, there's still fun to be had with Fallout 76 if you're paired up with some good friends. Take a look at our Fallout 76 guides for tips on the best weapons, Fallout 76's best mutations, and more.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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