Fallout 76 Has Microtransactions, But Perk Cards Can't Be Bought With Real Money

The microtransactions are apparently limited to cosmetics alone.

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Now Playing: Fallout 76's Perks, Mutations, And Customization Explained

Fallout 76 brings back the franchise's Perk system, but this time the Perks will be acquired and represented through "Perk Cards." Immediately after this was announced at QuakeCon, fans began to wonder if they would be able to purchase these card packs with real money.

Bethesda has now confirmed that Perks Card Packs can only be acquired through gameplay. A tweet from the Fallout account explains that Perk Card Packs are earned "solely" by levelling up, which may put some fans' minds at ease about the matter. Bethesda's Pete Hines also commented, saying to a fan, "You just get them when you level up."

For lots and lots more on Fallout 76's Perks system, check out GameSpot's in-depth coverage here and in the video embedded above. In short, Perks are back but in a new way.

While you can't buy Fallout 76's Perk Card Packs with real money, the game will have a microtransaction store where you can buy cosmetic items, according to the NoClip documentary about the game. However, pricing and other key details are under wraps.

Fallout 76--which unlike past games is an online multiplayer game--launches for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 14. The Fallout 76 beta will be available on Xbox One first, followed by other platforms. For more on Fallout 76, check out GameSpot's recent news stories below.

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Tony56723

After Fallout 4 I’m giving this series a wide berth.

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snugglebear

According to some of the perks, magazines and bobbleheads are in the game so hopefully those are available to everyone.

Please no frickin farming. Besides actual farming for cabbages.

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Ayato_Kamina_1

To all the people saying it's not so bad... a large part of the greatness of bethesda games is the modding community. If the game is trying to SELL you cosmetic items, I fear there may be restrictions in place for modders.

Add in the online aspect of fallout 76 and again the modding community looks like they'll be ignored. Sad times for a franchise that really showcased the benefits of PC gaming over console.

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OldDadGamer

@Ayato_Kamina_1: Oh dude I didn't even think of that. That would be bad news, indeed.

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pharoe777

Awesome! I can't wait to play this game!

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burnettaj

I will never purchase nor play this game. Moving on....

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The_Dragon_Born

This game is a hard pass. At least my wallet is happy cause I'm not.

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Jaxith

@The_Dragon_Born: Out of curiosity, why? Honest question here. I'm just not sure I understand.

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The_Dragon_Born

@Jaxith: I would have preferred a single player or mainline Fallout to another elder scrolls online Fallout edition

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tom_cat_01

I'm still a bit confused by this game: it's basically Fallout does Destiny, right?

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XenomorphAlien

Yeesh, Bethesda has been doing great this gen but this game is really turning me off.

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monza1966

Gaming has changed...I remember Bethesda, Bioware, and Bungie used to be great, but each one has fallen to bad practices. It's sad to see the final one go.

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Mogan

@monza1966: Melodrama. Melodrama never changes.

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Slash_out

@Mogan: Denial is still strong too.

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Mogan

@Slash_out: That doesn't even make sense.

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Slash_out

I tried their Elder Scroll MMO a couple of days ago.

First thing once in game: A full screen ad for their new expansion. I didn't even see any gameplay yet. At least let me decide if I like the game (or at least let me play more than 1s) before going full salesman on me.

Once in game, I kept having loading screens telling how I could purchase "this and that".

Next I keep seeing "ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT" "promos" trying to entice me to buy stuff.

And so on. I felt this was something designed entirely to steal my money. I felt absolutely no respect to the ESO license or the player.

I kept thinking : "Is this it? This is gaming now? I can't play a game without having to fight off salesmen?"

I don't expect much more of this online Fallout game.

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Mogan

@Slash_out: "I kept thinking : "Is this it? This is gaming now?"

Why would you think that just because you saw some ads in ONE game, from four years ago? No. Obviously, that isn't what gaming is. You've played plenty of newer games than ESO that weren't anything like that.

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Barighm

@Slash_out: Bethesda didn't make ESO.

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Slash_out

@Barighm: It's an elder scroll game, the final decisions are Bethesda's.

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EdwardNygma

Definitely not buying.

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Shin_Gallon

Every bit of new information about this game decreases the likelihood of me ever buying it.

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Thanatos2k

Not touching this game.

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lion2447

@Thanatos2k: I just read about Bethesda planing to sue a customer over reselling a game a new. I wasn't going to buy this game anyway, but now, I'll add moral grounds to it. What a d**k move by this company.

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Mogan

@lion2447: Bethesda's legal representation sent some rando a letter saying, "Hey, take your sale down. You can't sell our games as new unless you're an approved re-seller." Kind of an over-reaction, but they aren't suing him, and they don't care if he's selling their games, so long as he's listing them as used. Which is fair, but they probably could have just sent him a friendly email first, and the C&D later, if he didn't change the wording on his sale.

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normanislost

@lion2447: don't listen to polygons bullshit reporting, Bethesda are suing a guy for selling used games as new

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lion2447

@normanislost: I've made a number of comments about it in the other article on gamespot. I look at it as being none of Bethesda's business in what the person selling the game does. The sale is between the buyer, the seller, and the marketplace (Amazon in this case). Any problems resulting from the transaction should be resolved by the parties involved, not by Bethesda. Amazon has many checks and balances to deal with problems like this and the buyer is well protected. If the buyer feels the game is not new, they can simply return it or file a complaint. The seller was also not trying to be deceitful and had additional details in the description.

The word "new" has no legal definition, so the seller is within his rights to call it as such. Bethesda telling him the definition of "new" when there is no definition, is Bethesda overstepping their bounds. If anything, the definition would be how Amazon defines it, since it is their marketplace where the game is being sold. And again, falls back to dispute resolution being between buyer, seller, and Amazon.

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Barighm

I know Bethesda is one of the better publishers, but history has shown you can't really trust anything a big publisher says until the game is out in the wild. In all likelihood you can't BUY the card packs outright, but who says you can't buy them some other way? And who says they won't EVER implement an option to buy them?

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tinyjotun

Nope!

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Mogan

If you can't buy the card packs with real money ... why do they need to be card packs? Does anybody actually like random character upgrades?

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Jaxith

@Mogan: My understanding is that you pick most of your cards, but every so often you get a random pack to encourage build diversity and experimentation. Like, something boring like increasing carry limit might not appeal to you, but you get it in a pack, try it, and like what it let's you do.

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Mogan

@Jaxith: That doesn't sound so nearly so bad then.

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Slash_out

@Mogan: I agree. No one likes randomized character progression. This is a mechanic pushed by publishers to make the most use out of sketchy monetisation schemes.

If they can't be bought, they have no reason to keep them in the game and should switch to a more interesting system. One the players actually like.

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Iamkalell

@Mogan: My guess is that they originally intended to sell them but changed their mind after the BF2 fiasco.

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Barighm

@Mogan: Probably because there is some other, indirect way to buy them. You see, you're right, this execution doesn't really make sense unless there is some way to acquire them extraneously.

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monza1966

@Barighm: you'll probably be able to buy something to level your character up...Then you'll get perk cards from leveling up. So, you are indirectly buying them.

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gamingdevil800

@Mogan: Ready to admit I'm right Morgan lol? This is obviously opening up the way to slyly implement pack micro transactions in the future if the game completely bombs. Not saying they will but the option is clearly there...

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Mogan

@gamingdevil800: Just assume I’m as irrationally committed to my opinion being reality as you are yours.