Fallout 76 has had pretty much the definition of a poor start in life, as since release there have been plenty of controversies to report on, damaging the online RPG's image in the public eye. Things seem to have calmed down recently, that is until the dreaded phrase 'lootboxes' came into the mix.
What are lunchboxes though? Well, according to the files they add buffs like fortifying XP, as well as giving bonuses to carry capacity, damage, and rad resistance. We also see codes for female and male opening animations, but what's more important is that all of this is tagged with ATX in the name, meaning Atom Shop Profile, so it's likely they'll be sold for real money at the Atom Store.
Balloons and confetti are also mentioned in the code, making it similar to lunchboxes in Fallout Shelter, and here's what JesMaine added regarding perk cards:
"The files also point towards PerkCardPacks being removed with ATX attached. So were perk card packs actually supposed to be sold via the Atom Store? Are they just hiding the fact or are they going to put them back sometime around Christmas? I think this confirms why the Perk Card pack felt so lootboxy, it likely wasn't a unique mechanic just one designed to be bought and gambled."
All we know right now is what's in the game files though, so speculation at this point isn't confirmed and it's worth taking these parts with a pinch of salt. That said, lunchboxes do look very likely when considering these game files, which also indicate that they'll affect gameplay as opposed to just cosmetics, which is what other games like Overwatch have dedicated their lootboxes to.
"Atoms are a thing that we use and hand out as you play the game, 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. Atoms are used in our shop to buy cosmetic things, so you know new outfits or skins and things like that."
If these lunchboxes are sold for Atoms though, this would contradict the message that they'd only be used for cosmetic items, and that would add to existing displeasure that's growing over the Atom Store, as in the past few weeks reports have emerged of fans becoming increasingly unhappy with the prices in the shop. For example, the new Christmas bundle containing items like a Santa outfit, Santa icons, and a stuffed radstag costs 2,000 Atoms, which in real money equates to around £16, and that's down from the original price of 3,000 (£24). What's more is that the emotes bundle for Christmas costs 1,200 (although you can only buy Atoms at least 500 at a time, meaning you'll need to buy 1,500 if you don't want to earn it in-game, costing you roughly £12). It's worth noting that purchasing 1,000 gives you 100 Atoms extra, with 400 Atoms extra if you buy 2,000 and 1,000 extra if you buy 4,000, but still, it's understandable to see fans unhappy with this pricing, as the rate at which you earn Atoms still means you'll be waiting a while to unlock these kinds of items.
What do you think of the potential for lunchboxes in the game? What about the Atom Shop?