A law firm in Washington DC recently announced they are looking to file a class action lawsuit against Bethesda Game Studios.
Migliaccio & Rathod LLP claim Bethesda is refusing refunds to people who purchased Fallout 76, despite the amount of bugs and glitches. The law firm took to Reddit to announce they are looking into the matter and they are looking for anyone who has tried to get a refund for their game. The post has since been removed from Reddit, but the post is still up on the firms website.
The post stated:
“Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating Bethesda Game Studios for releasing a heavily-glitched game, Fallout 76, and refusing to issue refunds for PC purchasers of the game who found it to be unplayable because of its technical problems. While minor bugs and glitches are expected with the release of most new games, Fallout 76 launched with a 56GB patch that has proven to be but a starting point for the game’s problems. Gamers who have tried to receive a refund because of the game’s myriad glitches have been unable to do so since they downloaded the game, leaving them to deal with an unplayable experience until patches bring it back to a playable state.”
Shortly after their post on Monday, the firm’s website crashed from the amount of traffic it was receiving. Players were understandably frustrated and were quick to seek some sort of compensation.
Adding fuel to the fire, Bethesda has been dropping the price of Fallout 76 drastically. The MSRP dropped to a third of the original price just a week after release, conveniently in time for Black Friday. Though, there’s speculation that “sale” was just a cover up for the price drop. Understandably, players who had paid full price for a game they felt wasn’t fit for release, only to see it drop drastically in price and be refused refunds were quite upset.
Unfortunately, neither I nor anyone on the team can give a personal experience on that matter because, well, none of us have bothered to play the game. In the excitement that followed the announcement at E3, I was quick to purchase the collectors edition which included a Power Armor helmet. And while I was excited for the collectors item, I was in the middle of playing another game at the time (some western game you’ve probably never heard of) By the time I found time to play Fallout 76, I had seen so much negative feedback, I had no desire to even play it. I’d rather let the fantasy of what I hoped the game would be than face the harsh reality of what the game ended up being. That being said, I’m happy with the real life collectibles and have no desire for a refund, but I am upset I won’t be exploring the West Virginia wasteland and understand players frustrations in the matter.
Author: Albert Hellebuick