Fallout 76 he certainly did not have a happy birth. Critics on criticism, bugs on bugs have fueled a rumor that the game would become free-to-play. All this is also fueled by reports concerning the physical copies of the game in Australia, extremely scarce. The rumor was so insistent that Bethesda decided to answer, closing the case.
Bethesda has not commented further, and there's really not much else to say. According to the company the rumor would have no basis but it is also true that, given the poor sales of the game and the economic model adopted, with the microtransactions already present, perhaps the transition to free-to-play would not be such an evil idea .