Bethesda announced the Atomic Shop today, a new feature within Fallout 76. It appears to allow much more character customization in the game than previously reported. Customization previously in the Fallout series appeared in character creation and at work benches. The Atomic Shop allows players to enter a separate menu and shop for more specialized wares.
Each player will have access to the Atomic Shop after creating a character and leaving Vault 76 for the first time. The option to enter the Shop will be available on the main menu at that time.
In the Atomic Shop screen, we can see categories for:
Personally, custom Photomode items excite me the most. Fallout 76’s robust profile picture sequence introduces the game’s malleable photo mode, which is becoming one of the best features in modern games. It looks like you’ll be able to purchase props, gestures, and frames for Bethesda’s version.
Every item can be purchased with Atoms, which are separate from the game’s (and universe’s) currency, Bottlecaps. You can earn Atoms by doing Challenges, which represent a whole new system to Fallout but a system that is probably familiar to folks who play MMOs or games like Destiny.
Challenges roll over daily and weekly and have different categories, such as Survival or Combat. These can generally be done once per account, but some can be repeated. Atoms and Atomic Shop purchases carry across an entire account, so you’ll be able to stock up on one character and use Atoms/items on another.
Xbox One players have been collecting Atoms since early in the B.E.T.A., but now it’s available to players on all platforms. Bethesda said the plan is for Atoms, items purchased in the Atomic Shop, and Challenge progress to be carried over into the final game on November 14.