New Inside the Vault hints at more Microtransactions for Fallout 76

by: Dan -
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Another Inside the Vault has been posted for Fallout 76 by the folks at Bethesda, and a surprising lead entry was talk that they are implementing Repair Kits in Fallout 76.  These will be utilities designed to allow players to repair their items without having to spend time at the workbench fixing stuff.  They will come in two flavors, Basic and Improved.  The improved Repair Kits look to be rare drops, and cannot be sold, traded or dropped, so you will need to use them.

What is more concerning, is the Basic repair kits appear to be available for purchase only in the Atomic Shop with Atoms earned in game or purchased with real-world currency.  While microtransactions are nothing new to Bethesda games, this is the first item I am aware of that would actually not be a cosmetic, but something that could aid players in-game and provide an advantage.  Take a look below and decide for yourself:

 
Repair Items Anytime Using Repair Kits
Repair Kits are new utility items that will help you spend more time looting and shooting, and less time toiling away at a workbench fixing your gear. We’ve received lots of requests for Repair Kits, and we’re excited to add them in the weeks following Patch 8.

These will come in two forms: Basic Repair Kits and Improved Repair Kits. Repair Kits cannot be dropped, sold to vendors, or traded with other players.

Here’s a rundown of how they work, and how you can get a few of your own.

Basic Repair Kits
Basic Repair Kits are single-use consumables that immediately restore one of the items in your inventory to 100% condition. So long as you have a Repair Kit in your inventory, you can use it to fix up a piece of gear anytime, anywhere, and without spending any of your own crafting materials. Once you’ve got a Repair Kit, open your Pip-boy to find an item you want to repair, hit “Inspect”, select the new “Repair Kit” option, and then leap right back into the action. You can also use Repair Kits at any workbench in your C.A.M.P., at Workshops, or those you find in the world.  Basic Repair Kits will be unlockable in the Atomic Shop using Atoms you’ve purchased or those you’ve earned for free by completing in-game challenges.

Improved Repair Kits
You can use Improved Repair Kits in all the same ways as Basic Repair Kits and they are also single-use consumables. However, Improved Kits buff the selected item’s condition up to 150%, giving it an even longer lifespan against the trials of Wasteland combat.  Improved Repair Kits are rare items that we plan to award to you for free as you take on various types of in-game content. As an example, you will receive them as loot when you take down the Scorchbeast Queen.
 
Basic Repair Kits in the Atomic Shop
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 players’ hands. We also felt we could try out something new with these, both in-game and in the Atomic Shop. As we look to the future, we’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well, such as refrigerators for C.A.M.P.s, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home. Repair Kits are our first attempt at a utility item like this, and we plan to make adjustments based on your feedback, so we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us when they go live later this month.
 
The other topics touched upon are the upcoming Patch 8, which will introduce a new underground dungeon called The Burrows.  The SnapMatic! Camera is also coming in that patch on April 16th, while Player Vending has been postponed to Patch 9 sometime in May.
 
To check out all the details, head to the official post (linked above) or keep reading after the jump.

Inside the Vault: Looking Beyond Patch 8 – April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

This week, we’re sharing a few details about Wild Appalachia content coming to Fallout 76 in the weeks immediately following Patch 8, including The Burrows, which is our first dungeon, a new way to capture memories with the SnapMatic! Camera, and Repair Kits, which you can use to mend your gear whenever and wherever you’d like.
  
In last week’s Inside the Vault, we covered the Lying Lowe questline, item renaming, vendor faction updates, and turret balance changes, all of which are all coming with Patch 8 on April 9. There’s plenty more Wild Appalachia content where that came from, and this time we’re looking ahead to the weeks immediately following Patch 8 release.
Read on to catch a few details about The Burrows, our first dungeon experience coming to Fallout 76, the SnapMatic! Camera, and a preview of Repair Kits, which are new utility items you can use to mend your gear whenever and wherever you’d like.

Repair Items Anytime Using Repair Kits

Repair Kits are new utility items that will help you spend more time looting and shooting, and less time toiling away at a workbench fixing your gear. We’ve received lots of requests for Repair Kits, and we’re excited to add them in the weeks following Patch 8.
 
These will come in two forms: Basic Repair Kits and Improved Repair Kits. Repair Kits cannot be dropped, sold to vendors, or traded with other players.
 
Here’s a rundown of how they work, and how you can get a few of your own.
Basic Repair Kits
Basic Repair Kits are single-use consumables that immediately restore one of the items in your inventory to 100% condition. So long as you have a Repair Kit in your inventory, you can use it to fix up a piece of gear anytime, anywhere, and without spending any of your own crafting materials. Once you’ve got a Repair Kit, open your Pip-boy to find an item you want to repair, hit “Inspect”, select the new “Repair Kit” option, and then leap right back into the action. You can also use Repair Kits at any workbench in your C.A.M.P., at Workshops, or those you find in the world.
Basic Repair Kits will be unlockable in the Atomic Shop using Atoms you’ve purchased or those you’ve earned for free by completing in-game challenges.
Improved Repair Kits
You can use Improved Repair Kits in all the same ways as Basic Repair Kits and they are also single-use consumables. However, Improved Kits buff the selected item’s condition up to 150%, giving it an even longer lifespan against the trials of Wasteland combat.
Improved Repair Kits are rare items that we plan to award to you for free as you take on various types of in-game content. As an example, you will receive them as loot when you take down the Scorchbeast Queen.
Basic Repair Kits in the Atomic Shop
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 players’ hands. We also felt we could try out something new with these, both in-game and in the Atomic Shop. As we look to the future, we’re exploring ways we can bring other community-driven ideas to the game as well, such as refrigerators for C.A.M.P.s, ammo and food converters, and even the ability to send scrap to your stash without having to head home. Repair Kits are our first attempt at a utility item like this, and we plan to make adjustments based on your feedback, so we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us when they go live later this month.

Upcoming Patch 8 Wild Appalachia Content

Head Underground with The Burrows
A new Wild Appalachia dungeon experience, The Burrows, will become available for the heartiest of explorers starting April 16. Muster your squad and follow in the footsteps of the Brotherhood of Steel who sent their own forces into the darkness and muck below Harper’s Ferry for mysterious reasons. We’ll share more details about The Burrows in next week’s Inside the Vault, but we thought you might like this heads-up so you can get your characters prepped for this daunting new subterranean battleground.
Fill Your Memory Books with the SnapMatic! Camera
Put on your brightest smile because the new SnapMatic! Camera is coming to Fallout 76 on April 16. The SnapMatic! is a new item that you can equip like a weapon, but instead of firing bullets you’ll be shooting the Appalachian scenery and filling your photo gallery faster than ever before. This functional camera comes with a new quest, new challenges, and can be modded to add lenses. Of course, you’ll need to find a SnapMatic! of your own before you can begin snapping away. Stay tuned for next week’s Inside the Vault to catch many more details.
 
Player Vending is Moving to Patch 9
When the various vendor bots around Appalachia found out we wanted to implement player vending, they weren’t too thrilled with the idea of new competitors encroaching on their turf. We had intended to bring this feature online with Patch 8, but we will need a little more time to do some. . . convincing. As a result, we’re moving player vending to Patch 9, which is currently slated for release in May. We’ll keep you updated and share more details about player vending as we get closer to Patch 9.

Don’t forget! Our first double XP weekend kicks off today for the Survival Mode Beta. Head into Survival now to get twice as much XP as you normally would through 6:00 a.m. EDT on April 8. We also have a second double XP weekend coming later this month for both Survival and Adventure modes, and you can click here to catch the details.
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