Bethesda Softworks is feeling the heat over Fallout 76 on multiple levels, but this week a new layer was added as microtransaction prices were brought into question. People have been complaining about the in-game prices since day one, but the latest Reddit post gaining traction this week that has stirred people up is a discussion on an $18 microtransaction just for one paint job in the game.
Twelve and a half years ago, Bethesda released their infamous horse armor and received a ton of backlash for that. For a long time, that piece of DLC was seen as the embodiment of greed coming from big developers and was seen as a microtransaction in a game, far from quality DLC.
They even made it worse: three years later, they increased the price from $2.5 to $5. To this day, Horse Armor is seen as something ridiculous and unacceptable.
And yet, that seems to be the norm with Bethesda’s paid mods (Creation Club) in Skyrim and Fallout 4 and the Atomic Shop of Fallout 76. Now we have a hairstyle for $5 and a power armor paintjob that costs $18.
$18 for one paint job. Is that what we’re calling “mini-DLC’s” now? Because I remember that Far Harbor, which is a full story expansion, was priced at $24.99 and that included much more than a color change to an existing armor set. Fallout 4’s Automatron was $9.99. Was that a “microtransaction”? Was that a “mini-DLC”?
The post itself has received over 1,200 comments and over 9,500 votes as of the time we’re writing this. So far, it doesn’t appear as if anyone from Bethesda Softworks plans to respond, but it’s definitely riled up the online community. What are your thoughts on the prices in Fallout 76?