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Someone hijacked Fallout 1st domain to poke fun at Bethesda

Published: 16:57, 01 November 2019
artwork showing vault boy from fallout 76 and drills item
It's raining drills!

Bethesda pulled one of their more brazen manoeuvres lately by introducing a $13 a month premium subscription to Fallout 76. It riled up the community and someone actually hijacked a similarly named domain to make fun of Bethesda.

Fallout 76 is not a top-notch game by any stretch of the imagination and even the most faithful fans were getting bored with it. One would think the reasonable step for Bethesda would be to try and keep those fans interested somehow but they opted to apply salt on the fans' wounds with a premium subscription instead.

This prompted a frenzy among the community for many reasons. One of them is that the company is obviously introducing pay-to-win elements but what probably hurt the most was that the fan base got only incremental storage increases since Fallout 76 came to be, under the guise that removing the limits would affect the game's stability. Enter Fallout 1st, with its unlimited storage.

While these two infractions are obviously something the community wouldn't ignore, someone took things one step further. An unidentified person secured domain to post a page that is similar to Fallout 1st announcement at first glance but is actually a foul-mouthed parody of it.

As expected, the website was quickly taken down but not before enough people saw the profane art piece. As it turns out, one diligent fan archived the website and everyone can still see it in all of its foul-mouthed glory.

Fallout 76: Wastelanders

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A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM

Not only did the subscription announcement burn the fan base once again, but the subsequent domain hijacking also made Bethesda the laughing stock of the gaming industry once again.

Update (24 October 2019 at 20:00 CEST): The website is up again. May or may not stay that way.

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