It’s fair to say that Fallout 76 has had a rocky road so far, but after a few updates – which you can check out on their roadmap – it seems to be holding steady and much of the poor reception for the game has faded away.
Update 14 has now launched, and with it are a host of changes for the game, including a seasonal event themed around Halloween and the addition of a long-requested feature; private servers. The kicker, however, is that private servers come in the form of a subscription service.
For the price of $12/£12 a month, or $100/£100 a year, you can join the new Bethesda program titled Fallout 1st. Here’s what you get as a member:
- Private Worlds – Play in a Private World exclusive with friends.
- Scrapbox – A new unlimited storage for crafting materials.
- Survival Tent – Placeable fast travel tent with stash, sleeping bag, and more.
- Atoms – 1,650 Atoms every month
- Ranger Armor Outfit – Dress as an NCR Ranger
- Icons & Emotes Pack – Unique icons and emotes.
The big thing there, of course, is Private Worlds. Only the owner of the Private World need be a member of Fallout 1st, but Private Worlds are not persistent when not being used. This means that if the owner logs out, and no other players currently in the world are Fallout 1st members, the Private World will close until a Fallout 1st member logs in again.
This, as you can imagine, has been met with a poor response, especially over on Twitter following the announcement tweet. That said, if you’re interested in learning more, you can check out the Bethesda page with all the details, and if you want to sign up, you can do so over on the Fallout 76 site.