Fallout 76‘s Collector’s Edition has been an outright disaster for Bethesda and fans alike. Fans didn’t get the West Tek canvas bag they were promised, and Bethesda’s handling of the situation has left some gamers even more infuriated. In the most recent insult added to injury, fans have discovered that their compensation isn’t even enough for a virtual in-game canvas bag.
Bethesda offered gamers who were disappointed by their purchase 500 Atoms, Fallout 76‘s in-game microtransaction currency. This is the equivalent of $5 USD, and doesn’t help players to afford much in the shop. The Postman skin, which comes with a similar in-game canvas bag to the one that was promised Collector’s Edition buyers, costs 700 Atoms. So unless players are willing to shell out extra cash or grind to earn the additional 200 Atoms, they can’t even satisfy their desire for the bag in the game.
The fiasco continues to get worse for Bethesda. Gamers have now noticed that Bethesda gave out a Fallout 76 canvas bag for free to influencers in advance of the game’s release. Although the design isn’t identical, Bethesda’s willingness to spend the money required to produce these bags while skimping on a paid special edition for its devoted fans has left gamers feeling even more sour and cheated.
While Fallout 76 players may never get the bag that they were promised, it seems that there may be a way to seek justice in the matter. Gamers have begun suggesting that those affected not accept the 500 Atom compensation and instead file a complaint with the ASA, the Advertising Standards Authority, as the deal amounts to false advertising. Multiple retailers, including Bethesda, are still showing the canvas bag as coming with the Power Armor Edition, although Bethesda has now added a disclaimer that the bag is not an accurate representation of the final product. Even so, the description goes on to claim that it’s a canvas bag, so some people may still be disappointed if they don’t carefully check the fine print.
Fallout 76 has been largely panned by players and critics alike, so Collector’s Edition owners can’t take much solace in playing the game itself. While the game is likely to improve over time, there’s no telling if or when Bethesda will take further action to make the Collector’s Edition fiasco right.
Fallout 76 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.