While there has been a lot more negative news surrounding Fallout 76 than positive, Bethesda is making an attempt to stay on Fallout fans’ good side.
The Fallout Classic Collection comes with the titles of the original Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel. Although the offer is for the PC versions of the games (likely to be available via the Bethesda’s Launcher), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will qualify for the Fallout Classic Collection as well. The entitlement claim is expected to be delivered to gamers sometime early this month.
#HappyHolidays!— Bethesda (@bethesda) December 22, 2018
ANYONE who logged into the full release of #Fallout76 in 2018 will receive an entitlement for Fallout Classic Collection on PC. This applies to Xbox One and PS4 players, too.
The entitlement is expected to go live in early January. pic.twitter.com/U8pJwrk0PV
Players who pre-ordered Fallout 76 were rewarded with the Fallout Classic Collection as a bonus, but Bethesda (probably wisely) decided to extend the trio of titles to the rest of the players who logged playtime in 2018, whether they enjoyed the game or not.
But...is it too little too late?
For what it’s worth, (as of this writing) the Fallout Classic Collection is available on Steam’s Winter Sale for a mere $5.99 USD. That’s 70%-off the not-so-outrageous normal price of $19.99. While the games are certainly worth playing - even after fifteen-plus years - it seems like a stretch to think that the free entitlement will sway Bethesda back into the good graces of Fallout fans who felt duped with Fallout 76.
It is not unfathomable to think that the majority of Fallout 76 players already own the franchise’s earlier titles, or have at least played them. For newcomers to the series, the $20 standard price for the three full games is a bargain, especially for those who did enjoy Fallout 76.
Free is always nice. Ultimately, Bethesda’s offer is a good move, even if it seems a little lackluster. But for those wanting more content than Fallout 76 provides (without resorting to microtransactions), the Fallout Classic Collection is just what you need and is well worth your time.