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Bethesda Does It Again: Adds $7 Fridge Into ‘Fallout 76’

  • New microtransaction gives players an edge.
  • Follows a previous controversy where players could buy repair kits.
  • Further disregarding original statements that microtransactions would be cosmetic only.


The latest Fallout 76 patch has brought a new Nuclear Winter map, new changes to public events, and a new wave of customer dissatisfaction. The source of the anger? Well, it’s a new wave of microtransaction items which includes a working refrigerator.

The fridge, with a pricetag of 700 Atoms, or $7, allows players to preserve their food items more safely and efficiently at their camps, as the food will spoil at a much slower rate than just carrying it around with them. Players are also upset with the addition of the Collectron Station, which automates the process of gathering items needed for both building and crafting. The Collectron Station costs 500 Atoms, or five dollars. Atoms can be earned in the game, although it’s at a slower rate than just buying them on the Atomic Shop.

While it can be argued that these items only give a small advantage, as was said during the addition of repair kits earlier this year, an advantage is still an advantage. Players aren’t happy for a multitude of reasons, the edge over players who don’t buy them being one of them. But a more pressing concern is the price tag. Individual items are effectively being sold for around the same prices as full fledged DLCs from Fallout 4 as several users have noted.

It’s also another step away from the original statements made by Bethesda repeatedly before Fallout 76 launched, that the Atomic Shop would be purely for cosmetic purposes, such as armor appearances and camp decorations. Fallout 76 has had a back and forth journey since its launch, filled with moments of triumph and then moments of stumbling. While the quality of life of the game has substantially improved over the opening months, with major updates releasing over the course of 2019 and leading into 2020, most missteps can be traced to either a new gamebreaking glitch, or a decision related to the Atomic Shop.

Earlier this year I posed the question if Fallout 76 can be saved in an article. You can check it out here, as it dives into the potential the game has overall while also elaborating on some of the other reasons beyond the Atomic Shop that are contributing factors to displeasure in the 76 community.