Exactly what Bethesda thought might happen when it announced Fallout First, the subscription service for Fallout 76, is anybody’s guess. I’ll wager, however, that what they didn’t expect to happen was a full-on class war.
Yesterday, Reddit user jimmyjamesjr86 posted on the Fallout 76 subreddit, saying that “Fallout 1st players are being targeted in adventure mode.” According to that post, “people are ganging up on Fallout 1st players,” griefing players who make their purchase of the subscription obvious who those who don't want to pay for the features it offers.
It would appear that this isn’t an isolated incident. One player commented under that original thread saying that they got “beaten up” when they performed an exclusive emote in Vault 51 - “at least 5-7 people in teddy bear costumes kept punching me”. Another subscriber posted saying that while wearing an exclusive costume, players came to their camp and ransacked it.
While many of the players targeted so far have expressed little more than irritation at the players attacking them, another took it a little further, suggesting that those players who’ve purchased the subscription “need to assemble and build gated communities” to protect themselves from “piss poor 76ers.” I’m not sure that’s actually possible within the game, but presumably it’s how places like Megaton started out - and given the prevalence of nukes in 76 already, that doesn’t seem like a great fit.
There are some players suggesting that setting one half of the community against the other half is all part of Bethesda’s grand plan. While that’s a more entertaining possibility than yet another PR blunder, it all feels a little bit too galaxy-brain to be true. Either way, I’m excited to see what happens as community tensions continue to rise.