Bethesda has shed light on how in-game currency Atoms are granted and spent in Fallout 76 via a video interview conducted by Xbox’s Major Nelson with Bethesda’s global marketing chief Pete Hines.
From the video it’s clear Atoms won’t be hard to come by and on offer for pretty much any activity within Fallout 76, even from something as basic as venturing out of the vault. Hines explains ‘quite honestly, we throw them at you all the time. So you get them as little rewards for leaving the vault, or the first time you kill a creature, or the first time you pick fruits or vegetables from somewhere. It’s a little challenge reward’.
Of course, if you prefer to forego the grind completely, Atoms are available as micro transactions with real-world cash, though we don’t have any information on prices at the current time.
So what can you spend your hard earned Atoms on? Atoms can only be spent on cosmetic items such as skins and outfits in the Fallout 76 shop, in no way improving or advancing in-game progression other than looking fly. They cannot be used against card perks either. Invariably, personalization will become a big part of Fallout 76 and we imagine Bethesda will benefit greatly from the Atoms system as players eagerly acquire the latest skins to traipse across Appalachia in style.
If you’re planning to purchase the Xbox One version of Fallout 76, as part of Microsoft’s exclusivity deals you’ll receive a nifty 500 Atoms when the game releases, which should be sufficient to customize your character before diving into the game. Xbox One owners also get early access to the beta from October 23rd.
Fallout 76 is penciled in for release on November 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.