Fallout 4 Temporarily Appeared Free in Xbox Store Pricing Error; Bethesda and Microsoft Respond

By Ryan Meitzler

June 10, 2016

While game discounts and great deals are commonplace on consoles, one deal in particular got the attention of Xbox One gamers as the highly-acclaimed Fallout 4 had temporarily (and accidentally) been available for the low price of $0 in an apparent pricing error for a limited time on Thursday night.

Several sources such as NeoGAF (from user Kindekuma) and Twitter’s Wario64 discovered a price error that was in effect for Fallout 4 that had temporarily made the game (along with its Digital Deluxe Edition and Season Pass) free for Xbox One users to grab and add to their game library, making for possibly one of the best unintentional free game giveaways in quite some time.

However, as this seemed to be an apparent error on the Xbox Games Store, the game and its bundles/Season Pass have been restored to their original prices on Xbox One. In response to a fan query on Twitter, Bethesda’s vice president of marketing/PR Pete Hines said that the company had “no idea” behind the price error, chalking it up to an apparent “bug/hiccup” on the part of the Microsoft and the Xbox Store.

Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (aka “Major Nelson”) also provided a statement to Polygon that “an unintended discount caused some excitement today,” and added that “while we loved the enthusiasm it generated, prices for Fallout 4 games have been restored.”

Fallout 4 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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