Fallout 76 looks like it's going to be microtransactions beyond cosmetics.
Redditor JesMaine has posted a list of changes coming to Fallout 76 in an upcoming update containing lunches, featuring the elements that seem to offer players gameplay buffs.
The changelog was compiled by despotak, revealing that the lunch box's effects will include bonuses such as additional damage, increased carrying weight and XP boost.
The lunch boxes seem to be visible to anyone who plays on the server, with some effects as server-wide.
The code lines for the lunch boxes are labeled "ATX," as JesMaine confirms is the "Bethesda Atom Shop Profile," so it's not a big step to imagine that lunchboxes are premium products that provide buffs in switch for atoms.
Atoms are the Fallout 76s currency, and while you can earn them in the game, it is a point on which players hit a wall and they become exponentially harder to earn.
Fallout Shelter players will already be familiar with these
loot wallets that contain currency in the game, resources, weapons and various other items and skins.
Back in October Bethesda's Pete Hines said Fallout 76 would "throw Atoms on Players" and that they could only be used on cosmetic items such as leather and outfits.
But at Reddit, the clubs already complain about Atom's prices, as well as noting that things in the store seem to be more and more expensive.
In the wake of the negative press, Bethesda has received since its launch, from disappointing reviews, poor show on Twitch, complaining about Black Friday's fall in prices, dodgy refund policies, incorrect, undocumented patchnots, and the whole bag of kerfuffle, returns Hines statement to Introducing a form of pay to work seems like madness.
These changes have not been verified in any official capacity, so we have to wait and see if Bethesda has any comment or if the lunch boxes appear in the store in future updates.