Owners of the Power Armor Edition, rejoice!
Update: Bethesda has confirmed that it is “finalizing manufacturing plans for replacement canvas bags for the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition.”
For those who have purchased the Power Armor Edition, all you have to do is visit Bethesda’s support page and fill out the “Power Armor Edition Bag Replacement Request Form” by January 31, 2019.
As soon as the bags are ready, says Bethesda, they will be shipped out.
Original story follows:
Bethesda shipped Fallout 76’s Power Edition with a cheap nylon bag instead of the promised canvas.
The Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition included a number of goodies for players to enjoy, from a wearable T-51b helmet to a canvas West Tek duffel bag, but – as we discovered in our unboxing video – the duffel that was shipped was a cheap nylon replacement, and players who dropped $200 on it aren’t happy. They’re even less ecstatic with Bethesda’s response, which has been to offer $5 of in-game currency to make up for it.
There’s a whole thread full of disgruntled customers on Reddit, via Kotaku. Twitter user LanternCupcake is amongst the many ticked off players, and contacted Bethesda to get answers.
The company replied saying that “due to unavailability of materials” the canvas bag was switched out for a nylon one. Given the ire in the community, it seems that customers didn’t get notified of this prior to shipping.
An official statement followed on reddit, essentially saying the same thing. Since then, the publisher has spoken on the issue again, tweeting that it understands that there is “disappointment” with the bag, and that it would be offering players 500 atoms as some measure of compensation. That’s $5 of the in-game premium currency, and as one reddit user pointed out, will get you some flowers and a door.
In a cruel twist of fate, an in-game canvas bag costs 700 atoms, so you can’t even live vicariously through your character’s choice of baggage.
Fallout 76 didn’t review well at launch – we gave it a 5/10 in our review – and Bethesda has acknowledged frustrations players are having with the current state of the game.
The Black Friday drop in price garnered further criticisms from people who had paid full price for the game just a couple of weeks before.
One player who complained to Bethesda about this received 500 “compensatory” atoms but this doesn’t seem to have been a blanket offer for everyone who forked out full price prior to the sales.
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