Bethesda warned gamers that Fallout 76 was going to be a work in progress when it was released in November, and they were definitely right about that. An online Fallout game is an interesting concept, but perhaps one that won’t be fully-realized for some time. Still, fans of the series were willing to throw down some serious coin for the game, including a $200 Collector’s Edition that came with a bunch of Vault Tech swag and whatnot.
One of the major perks of that pack was a West Tek military-style canvas bag that actually looked pretty cool. It would make a nice addition to your Fallout cosplay or, perhaps, carry your workout gear to the gym. But when the pack was delivered to people that dropped two Benjamins on the game, fans were furious with the quality of said bag.
It was not canvas, but vinyl. And it kind of looked like a trash bag you’d put leaves in, not post-apocalyptic survival gear.
The outrage that followed online was pretty swift, and it didn’t help that there are frustrations with the actual game as well. Initially, Bethesda explained that there were production problems with the bag and the quality had to be downgraded to vinyl. But the reaction to the story continued to spiral out of control. Bethesda offered 500 atoms as penance, in-game currency that amounts to about $5 of real life money. Many thought that wasn’t enough, and were furious to learn that there isn’t a worldwide canvas shortage, as some internet “influencers” had apparently gotten canvas Fallout 76 bags upon the game’s release.
The bags were different, mind you, but the principle of it all further galled fans that were already not happy with the product they were playing and putting their belongings in. Bethesda is trying to make things right, though, and earlier this week the game company announced that it would make good on the canvas bag promise and replace the bag initially delivered with the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76.
Perhaps that will sate those that were upset about paying $200 for a version of a game that is still getting things worked out online. Bethesda continues to patch and update Fallout 76, so things in game will hopefully continue to improve. Hopefully getting a canvas bag in the mail, if a bit late, will improve morale as well.