Bethesda have addressed rumors that surfaced online suggesting that Fallout 76 would become free-to-play in the near future.
The rumors began to circulate on Monday, January 21 when reports suggested that Bethesda had recalled physical copies of Fallout 76 from Australian retailer EB Games ahead of the supposed announcement.
Fans also noted that Amazon had just over 20 copies of the game in stock when people attempted to order it from them, a surprisingly low amount for a game that released less than three months ago.
The suggestion that Fallout 76 could become free-to-play was met with a mixed response from the gaming community, with those who purchased the title back in November enraged that a game they spent a lot of money on could be released for free so soon.
With social media abuzz with the rumors, Bethesda have finally shot down any chance that Fallout 76 will become free-to-play in the near future.
When a fan of the game tweeted at the developers asking for a straight answer to the reports, Bethesda’s response was short and sweet: “There is no truth to this rumor.”
There is no truth to this rumor.— Bethesda (@bethesda) January 22, 2019
While Bethesda’s tweet ends any speculation about the game’s short-term future, it’s always possible that the game will become free-to-play in the future, as many other MMO titles have made a similar decision in the past.
However, after a release that saw fans infuriated after a disappointing launch which featured a game full of bugs and an issue with the game’s $200 collector’s edition, it’s unlikely that Bethesda want to annoy fans any further.