The Fallout 76 membership, Fallout First, has caused the title to erupt into a full-scale class war.
While we’ve already seen multiple outrage posts following the announcement of Bethesda’s $99-per-year subscription service, including the explicit FalloutFirst website, regular players are going one step further.
Following the introduction of the paid service, which introduced many key features that launch-day customers have been asking for, players have created an all-out class war within the game’s post-apocalyptic world.
As soon as the membership launched, base-game players began targeting players who had purchased memberships. Anyone who purchased the membership can be easily identified: exclusive emotes, armour and a huge Fallout First icon has painted a target on their backs.
In a post on Reddit, one user announced that Fallout First customers were getting picked off and bullied on normal servers. Some players in the comments section told the story of how they were targeted for their subscription: “I got beaten up when I decided to do the Mothman emote in Vault 51,” they said. “At least 5 – 7 people in teddy bear costumes kept punching me.”
In response to the class-based targeting within the MMO, some subscribers are calling to rally arms in order to defend themselves.
“Fallout 1st players! We need to assemble and build gated communities for ourselves,” one post is titled. “P**s poor 76ers are targeting us!”
The comments section is particularly amusing with the top comments declaring that they will, “Eat you alive”. Another says, “I guess we’ll see if that unlimited junk space really is free to play.”
One highly rated post on the subreddit is attempting to talk sense amidst all the outrage.
“PSA: No one is “envious” of those with Fallout 1st, it’s a dirt cheap subscription,” the post states. “Rather everyone is mad and afraid that your purchasing of the sub will be enough to make it profitable and push the goal posts of what’s acceptable in gaming further. Stop killing video games”
Within the post, the Redditor describes how the game is continually becoming a more toxically monetised product. The Redditor describes how just fifteen years ago, Oblivion’s Horse Armour DLC was laughably expensive. Now, Bethesda are pushing the goal posts way further than ever before.
While the announcement of Bethesda’s Fallout 76 membership is a disgusting and laughable manner, it is undoubtedly the most interesting thing to happen to the game in a long while. Until the delayed Wastelanders DLC comes, whenever that may be, Fallout 76’s full-scale class war is at least pumping some emotion into the title.