Fallout 76 Power Armour Edition cost many fans $200 for a copy of the game, a wearable Power Armour Helmet from the Fallout universe, and a canvas bag in which to store said helmet.
As it turns out the canvas bag, which is actually depicted as a bag made from canvas material in the official product image used on retailer websites, has been swapped for a nylon version. Understandably fans who ordered the Power Armour Edition feel cheated by this switch, and have reached out to Bethesda on various social platforms using #BagGate for a response as to why the bag was changed.
The company have responded to fans by offering them $5 worth of in-game currency for Fallout 76. This gesture hasn’t placated fans, and in fact seems to have made them even more jaded about the situation. To put this into perspective, the in-game costume that players can buy which actually has the canvas bag as part of it costs 700 Atoms, around $7, meaning Bethesda aren’t even giving fans enough currency for an in-game version of the bag.
Bethesda has encouraged fans to get in touch with their support services should they still be in need of support regarding the matter. As a result of the images showing one bag and fans receiving another, Bethesda are now under investigation from Migliaccio & Rathod, a law firm based in Washington DC.
Fallout 76 has received poor reviews from every critic who published one. The game launched with a number of bugs and compared to previous Fallout titles feels cold, dead, and empty. The story is told through notes or holotapes left in the world, and with no NPCs there’s nothing to distract the player from the fact that the world feels very empty.
It seems strange that Bethesda would offer a low-quality alternative to the previously offered canvas bag after Pete Hines so publicly defamed games companies who provide poor quality collector’s editions of their games. He even cited the Power Armour Edition as one of the few collector’s editions that provided truly high-quality additions to a game when Fallout 76 was first showcased.