It's been close to a year since the release of Fallout 76 and now the massively multiplayer online game (MMO) has an optional subscription. For a price, players can get certain features they've wanted since the game's launch, but not everyone is happy about the subscription.
Fallout 1st is a premium subscription for that launched Wednesday. Players who pay the $12.99 a month or $99 a year will have access to their own private worlds for them and up to seven other people, which has been asked for by the game's community since its launch last November.
Included in Fallout 1st along with the private worlds are:
- A Scrapbox with unlimited storage for crafting materials
- A Survival Tent that will act as a fast travel point, as well as access to a sleeping bag and the player's stash
- 1,650 Atoms, the in-game currency, per month
- Exclusive Ranger outfit
- Unique icons and emotes
Fallout 76 is the first online game in the Fallout universe, which takes place in an alternative future of a post-apocalyptic US made into a wasteland by a nuclear war. Humans created giant fallout shelters to survive the war, and each of the Fallout games follows the story of a survivor of a particular shelter. In the case of Fallout 76, players explore West Virginia-inspired Appalachia.
Although the community got what they wanted with Fallout 1st, some players aren't happy. The Fallout 76 subreddit has multiple threads about the news of the premium subscription. The big beef they have is that the price is steep, especially considering some paid $60 for the game when it was first released.
Another problem, some say, is the low number of players allowed in the private world. With a max of eight people, the big world of Appalachia may seem to be too big. Some players also seem to like the idea of being able to farm and complete quests without worrying about gettingby others.
Players who signed up for the subscription Wednesday are already having some issues, according to threads on the Fallout 76 subreddit. The biggest issue involves the Scrapbox. It appears players who subscribed to Fallout 1st are having the items they placed in the box deleted after logging off, which defeats the purpose of having the Scrapbox in the first place. Some players also say that private worlds, or servers, are not entirely brand new after discovering NPCs killed and areas already destroyed. Friends of subscribers who have their own world can also join at any time without an invite.
Fallout 1st is available for purchase within Fallout 76, which is out for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Originally published Oct. 23.
Update, Oct. 24: Added background info.