Is Fallout 76 Going Free to Play? Answered

Fallout 76, backpacks

Is Fallout 76 Going Free to Play?

Fallout 76 released on Nov. 14, 2018, which isn’t a long time ago at all, yet rumors have been flying around lately that has people asking the question, is Fallout 76 going free to play?

Fallout 76 is the latest in the long-running Fallout franchise, but it is quite a big departure from its predecessors. The main difference that sets it apart is that it is an online multiplayer game, whereas past Fallout games have always been single-player experiences.

The Fallout series has always been well received, but Fallout 76 is another story. In our own review, we gave it a 2.5/5 and weren’t impressed with the multiplayer Fallout experience that was on offer.

It was released as a full price game that can be bought off of store shelves or on digital storefronts. However, a new rumor has surfaced stating that retail copies of the game are being pulled in order to prepare for a shift to the free to play model.

One fan took this rumor to Twitter, asking for a response from the official Bethesda Twitter account, who quickly debunked the rumor.

Bethesda simply stated, “there is no truth to this rumor.”

So there you have it. Despite what you may have heard, Bethesda is not gearing up for Fallout 76 to go free to play at this time.

The source of the rumor comes from a video from TheQuartering on YouTube. In the video, he explains that he was reached out to by contacts in Australia who said that retail copies of Fallout 76 were being removed from Australian EB Games stores.

He went on to note that you could no longer buy the base game on EB Games’ Australian website and that Amazon US was running low on stock.

From this, he speculated that this could be the result of Bethesda preparing for Fallout 76 to go free to play.

Although this was only speculation on the part of TheQuatering, it managed to pick up steam on Reddit. However, Bethesda were quick to debunk the rumor. The game is not going free to play.

In order to play Fallout 76 on PS4, Xbox One, or PC today, you have to either buy a physical copy of the game or pay to download it.

There’s always a possibility that the game could go free to play in the future, but that is not the case at the moment. And that’s all you need to know about whether Fallout 76 is going free to play. If this changes, we’ll update the article.


Question: Is Fallout 76 going free to play?

Answer: No.

About the author

Jamie Payne

Plays all systems, all genres, all games! Just trying to finish the backlog while keeping up-to-date with new releases.