Late last week Bethesda announced a new item would be coming to the game soon: repair kits. Rather than destroying resources for weapons and armor, players will be able to use these kits instead. There's a hitch. Players will only be able to buy them through Fallout 76 's microtransaction store
"Repair kits are new utility items that will help you spend more time looting and shooting, and less time toiling away at workbench fixing your gear, "Bethesda announced in its latest Inside the Vault post updating players on the state of the game. "We've received lots of requests for Repair Kits, and we're excited to add them in the weeks following Patch 8."
Fallout 76 and the new repair kits will act as consumables that take busted equipment and restore it to 100 percent of its operating capacity. They will also be available to buy through the Atom Shop, an area separate from the main game where players can spend real money to buy atoms to buy stuff like clothing and furniture to customize their characters and campsites.
Since Fallout 76 came out in November , the items added to the shop have always been purely cosmetic with no effect on gameplay outside of the pleasure of occasionally discovering someone else's lavishly decorated home out in the desert.
Bethesda's announcement says that repair kits will let players fix their get "anytime, anywhere" without using crafting materials. If so, buying a repair kit would make paying players' lives easier by cutting down the amount of time players spend scavenging for the materials needed to repair their favorite weapons and Power Armor. It would also give those players a competitive edge against others. Players who could instantly repair their armor and guns while engaging in PVP would be able to carry on a fight longer than their peers who have to go find a workbench to do so. It's not like spending $ 10 to buy one of the most powerful guns in the game, but it boosts the overall balance of power
Bethesda has not yet revealed how much the repair kits will cost but it seems it suggests that they could only be the first in a long line of other utility items to come to the Atom Shop.
The studio wrote:
"We read tons of feedback and suggestions from the Fallout 76 community, and Repair Kits were a popular request that we wanted to get into the hands of the players. We also felt we could try something new with these, both in-game and in the Atomic Shop. As we look at the future, we are exploring ways to bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well, such as CAMPs, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home. "
Bethesda called for players to offer their feedback, and they did not hesitate. "DANGER SIGN: Repair kits (Non-cosmetic item) will be purchasable with Atoms only," read the title of a thread posted by Reddit user ScientistRickSanchez that blew up over the weekend with thousands of upvotes. "This game was built on our trust. Bethesda promised us cosmetics only. We trusted them, and stuck through all the bad press and bullshit bugs. And then they decide to betray us, "the person wrote.
Prior to Fallout 76 's release, Bethesda told NoClip documentary Danny O'Dwyer that the game's microtransactions would only" come in the form of cosmetics. "Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of Communications, who responded to a fan asking if guns could be bought in the Atom Shop with" No. Only cosmetic. " Hines also said the same during a October 2018 interview with Microsoft's Lawrence "Larry" Hryb. Bethesda did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the apparent reversal
There are so many discussions about the topic on the game's subreddit that the mods there have announced they will be archiving posts about the new repair kits that are over 48 hours old to stop them from crowding out other conversations.