Merry Christmas, Fallout fans! Bethesda has announced that anyone who logged onto Fallout 76 in 2018 will receive a free copy of the Fallout Classic Collection. The Fallout Classic Collection includes Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel. The collection will be delivered sometime in early January and is available for all Fallout 76 players, whether they're on PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4.
Fallout was originally released in 1997. While it's aesthetically similar to the modern Fallout games, the original Fallout was a turn-based RPG with an overhead camera. Fallout achieved critical acclaim and was hailed as one of the best RPGs available for the PC. Fallout 2 came out one year later and also achieved critical acclaim, but it was criticized for its numerous bugs (some things never change). Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel came out in 2001. It forwent the former games' RPG elements and was instead a strategy game with massively improved combat.
After Fallout 76's lackluster reviews, the numerous bugs, and "NylonGate," it's hard not to see this as some sort of mea culpa. Giving away the collection for free is a nice way to keep the brand image healthy and keep players interested in Fallout 76 while the team irons out some of the game's problems. This may not be the best apology, since the collection was originally a pre-order bonus for Fallout 76, but it's still a nice gesture to fans who have stuck with Bethesda during Fallout 76's…fallout.
Source: PC Gamer