Fallout 76 has received a scathing response from both critics and fans due to its abundance of bugs and overall poor quality of gameplay.
Bethesda isn't done digging a hole for themselves, as it has come to light that the $200 Power Armor Edition of the game was falsely advertising the quality of one of the items that were part of the collection.
The adverts for the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76 promised that the shoulder bag that was included was made of canvas. When the Power Armor Edition was sent out, fans quickly discovered that the bag was actually made out of nylon, which is a far cheaper and less durable material.
It didn't take long for a new round of backlash against Fallout 76 to start up again, with fans sending angry emails to Bethesda's help desk.
False advertisement is a serious crime in a lot of countries, some of which have entire governing bodies to deal with advertising fraud, such as the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) in the UK.
Bethesda seems unconcerned with claims of false advertisement, as they publicly stated on Twitter that any fan who could prove that they purchased the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76 would receive 500 Atoms, which is $5 of the in-game currency.
We understand and respect that there is disappointment with the bag in the Power Armor Edition. We are sorry. Please contact Bethesda Support to provide proof of your CE purchase. They will assist in granting your account 500 Atoms.— Fallout (@Fallout) November 29, 2018
Please visit: https://t.co/TJBMjYaph0
The fans were quick to point out that you can't actually buy much for $5 on the Fallout 76 store, so Bethesda's compensation doesn't mean much.
Bethesda is already facing scrutiny from legal firms for the inconsistencies regarding their refund policy for Fallout 76, as many gamers wanted their money back after playing a game that was shipped in an unfinished state.
The false advertising of the bag and Bethesda's shameful response shows an utter lack of disdain from the company, as they seem unconcerned about how their current actions will affect the perception of the company going forward.
Gamers have a long memory when it comes to being sold trash and Bethesda are harming their future endeavors by not owning up to their mistakes. The people who feel disadvantaged from purchasing a full price game that doesn't work and receiving products that were falsely advertised will likely never buy anything produced by Bethesda again.