Fallout 76 Patch 8 to Add Non-Cosmetic Premium Item

Patch 8 lets players spend money to buy Repair Kits in a marked departure from the game's previous stance on premium item microtransactions.

Bethesda announced in a recent blog post that microtransactions related to Repair Kits will be making their way to Fallout 76 as part of Patch 8.

Repair Kits are used in Fallout 76 to help restore gear and items. Players can exchange Atoms they gather during the normal course of the game for Repair Kits. However, the new update lets players purchase Atoms to spend on Repair Kits, causing some concern that Fallout 76 will trend toward a pay-to-win model.

Yet the update does attempt to balance this issue by introducing a new type of Repair Kit, the Improved Repair Kit. This kit boosts items beyond the normal limits  up to 150% — making them last much longer during combat and typical exploration.

Improved kits can only be obtained as rewards for completing certain tasks in the game, for example, defeating the Scorchbeast Queen.

The blog post from Bethesda also discusses the rationale behind implementing new ways to obtain Repair Kits. Reportedly, the decision came based on large volumes of player feedback asking for new or different items:

We’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game...such as refrigerators for C.A.M.P.s, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home. Repair Kits are our first attempt at a utility item like this...

However, player feedback in the fan forums suggests many Fallout fans have something different in mind about what the game can improve on.

Most of the suggestions revolve around more content, rather than more items, and mention of wanting to buy these items with actual money is noteworthy only for its absence.

It should also be noted that Pete Hines said as recently as last October that Fallout 76 wouldn't include premium items that affected gameplay — in other words, items that served a purpose beyond mere cosmetic updates. But even that led to consternation within the fanbase

Fallout 76's Patch 8 is out today, and the next big update, Patch 9, is expected to release in May.

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Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Apr. 9th 2019

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