This is a story we didn’t expect to bring you today, but it sounds like some of the helmets that GameStop sold to promote Fallout 76 are being recalled over potential mould problems.
“Mold can be present on the fabric insert inside the helmet, posing a risk of respiratory or other infections in individuals with compromised immune systems, damaged lungs or an allergy to mold,” reads a statement on the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website. It seems that anyone who purchased this helmet can request a refund via GameStop.
There seems to be some confusion regarding this subject, but it appears that the helmet in question is not the one included in the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76. Bethesda has clarified that the helmet included with that edition of the game should not be affected by this problem.
Based on the information that’s been revealed so far, it doesn’t sound like any of the reportedly 20,000 helmets sold via GameStop have suffered from any confirmed mould problems as of yet. Instead, it appears that this recall is being issued as a precaution based on the helmet’s combination of materials which can lead to these problems in certain circumstances.
Still, this is really just another in a string of embarrassing situations for Fallout 76. Actually, you may recall that this isn’t even the first time that Fallout 76 has been associated with a problem regarding physical merchandise. Many of those who received a bag included with the game’s special edition were disappointed to learn that it was certainly not the bag that was advertised.
It doesn’t help that Fallout 76 is a largely disappointing mess that sadly continues the somewhat shaky recent history of the Fallout franchise. It’s certainly quite a ways removed from the series’ glory days. Perhaps a mouldy hemet, in some way, is the perfect metaphor for the game?