Odd timing with the Fallout 76 premium or whatever they are calling it announcement. A few hours in on The Outer Worlds now and pretty much forgot that Fallout 76 is even a thing.
This is even funnier to me than the fact that said service is busted at launch; the "private servers" aren't actually locked to you so you can drop into a world that's already been looted, and the "infinite storage" is broken so it deletes the items you put into it. Bethesda has seemingly gone out of their way at multiple points in time to be vaugely petty to Obsidian, I get the impression that they don't like that the general Fallout fanbase feels they (Obsidian) made by far the best modern Fallout game. First, they finally semi-acknowledge this by having the one cool thing in this ridiculous service be the on iconic armor that Obsidian design, the NCR Ranger Armor.
Either they hilariously overestimated how good the reception to this announcement was going to be and actually thought they would somehow steal the thunder from Outer Worlds launch, or they are so blind to the wider gaming industry that they didn't see the huge laughing stock this would be. It's pretty clear why they announced their one big content update for the rest of the year was massively delay now, and I think this confirms their battle royale mode didn't gain traction and probably burned a lot of resources.
What feels the worst about this announcement is that it clearly is targeting the fans that actually did stick through everything and support the game. The one place I had continuously seen mostly positive discussion about this game is r/fo76. The fact that even that sub-reddit in flames over this news speaks volumes.
This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to stay far away from future Bethesda Game Studios releases like Starfield, and even makes weary of the games the same company is publishing, like Doom Eternal.