Fallout 76's Paid Subscription Service Has Not Had A Good Launch

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Part of Fallout 76’s controversial new paid subscription service Fallout First is the addition of an unlimited Scrap Box, which is somewhere players can store all of their junk. Problem being that some players are finding that the Scrap Box is bugged in the worst way possible: They’re losing everything they put into it.


There have been multiple reports over the past day, both on Reddit and the game’s support forums, of paid subscribers putting loads of scrap into the box, going on with their game, accessing the box to get some of it back and finding it was all gone.

While Bethesda investigates this—they currently believe it’s an interface issue—current support advice is to “try opening another player’s scrap box on a public server,” which “may help in getting the items to show up again.” And if that doesn’t work, they’re suggesting “restarting the game client” or “uninstalling and reinstalling the game.”

The bottomless, scrap-eating Scrap Box isn’t the only busted part of Fallout First, either. The launch of private servers was meant to be one of the service’s main draws, but they’re not quite as private as many were hoping.

Instead of being completely walled-off, invite-only servers, if you start a Fallout 76 private server, anyone on your friends list can just walk right on in. For people who have done a lot of trading, friending someone only to swap some gear, that’s...not ideal.

A Bethesda rep told Polygon, “we understand this is not what players expected for their Private Worlds, adding, “We are looking to provide an option in an upcoming patch that will allow Fallout 1st members to restrict access to their servers more completely.”

“We understand this is not what players expected” is a very good motto for Fallout 76.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.


Michael Crider

Maybe this makes me a bad person, but at this point I’m just following Fallout 76 news for the entertainment value.

It’s like watching the latest antics from Trump and the Cult of MAGA, without the dreadful possibility of total societal collapse hanging over the show.