There have been mixed reactions to Fallout 76, the first game in the franchise to deviate from single-player gameplay and offer players an online multiplayer experience. While not an official apology, Bethesda appears to be extending an olive branch to anyone who purchased and played Fallout 76, and wasn't happy with the way it shipped.
"ANYONE who logged into the full release of Fallout 76 in 2018 will recent an entitlement for Fallout Classic Collection on PC. This applies to Xbox one and PlayStation 4 players, too. The entitlement is expected to go live in early January," Bethesda announced on Twitter and Instagram.
The Fallout Classic Collection includes the original Fallout (released in 1997), Fallout 2 (released in 1998), and Fallout Tactics (released in 2001). It does not include newer titles like Fallout 3 (released in 2008) or Fallout 4 (released in 2015), or any of the spin-offs like Fallout: New Vegas (released in 2010).
While this probably won't fully appease games who are angry with the state of Fallout 76, it's a good way for players who never played any of the older titles to get their hands dirty with earlier games that helped turned Fallout into a thriving franchise.
At the same time, it's a bit of an odd apology, or bonus, or promotion, or whatever you want to call it. A few Xbox One and PS4 gamers pointed out on Twitter that they're not super interested in freebie games for PC.
"And what is a console player gonna do with three PC-only games? Might as well give us nothing because that's the same thing," a Twitter user responded.
"I'm on Xbox One, what am I gonna do with those?," another one wrote.
One possible answer is to just hang tight. Bethesda has been working to improve Fallout 76, having released a patch that is over 50GB in size last month, which was around the same size as the day-one patch. As it stands, the PC version of Fallout 76 has a 53 rating on Metacric, and a 2.6 user score.