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Fallout 76's Platinum Edition doesn't feature the actual game

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I'm not entirely sure which marketing deity was in Bethesda's ear when they finalised Fallout 76's Platinum Edition package without the actual game inside, especially considering the hefty $115 price tag that the company decided on.

I know, you're probably thinking I'm joking here, but I'm not - I had to check, double check, and then check again, because I'm quite perplexed by the logic behind it. I mean, how do you name something Fallout 76 Platinum Edition and then not include Fallout 76?

The package holds a bunch of other goodies though, such as digital version of Fallout 76's guide with interactive maps and a checklist tool. Bethesda threw in a Collector's Case slipcase and a numbered art print of Fallout 76's concept art.

The game's Platinum Edition comes with three mini-journals, which are basically pocket-notebooks that Bethesda advises using to scribble down nuclear codes. There's also the Appalachia Regional Postcard Pack, featuring six custom postcards for each of the game's regions.

Fallout 76's Platinum Edition also has coasters from five brands of in-game beer and a double sided map poster, with more than 850 primary and secondary locations. It seems like Bethesda are banking on the Collector's Edition Guide with alternate cover and treatments to be their carrot, since it's available only in the Platinum Edition. Inside the guide you'll find everything that's in the game explained to the last detail, crafting included.

What's not included however is the game, so you may want to stay focused if you're planning on preordering one of the four currently available Fallout 76 bundles. To make matters worse, even though Bethesda stressed on two occasions that the game is not included, I'm certain many fans may actually miss it. I mean, c'mon, it's a PlayStation 4 bundle without the PlayStation, innit?

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On the other hand, considering what we've seen from Fallout 76 so far, it might be wiser to go for the Platinum Edition and save yourself the trouble of playing through a glorified Fallout 4 remaster.

You can find Bethesda's breakdown of Fallout 76's Platinum Edition here. Oh and nice catch PC Gamer.