'Fallout 76' Nuka Dark Rum Delayed, Is the Franchise Cursed?

Bethesda is having a really rough month. They release Fallout 76 , which was supposed to be this massive sequel to one of the most successful foraging franchises of all time, to lukewarm reception. Turns out fans of collecting aluminum cans and screws don't like stale gameplay and a buggy interface. Then, there's this whole kerfuffle over the Power Armor edition of the game switching out the promised canvas bag for nylon ones. Bethesda underestimated the backlash, and soon announced that they would be giving players the bag they were promised if they submitted a support ticket.

Then, in a sheer act of ignorance that almost seemed divine, some users who sent in support tickets for their bag got access to part of Bethesda's support system. These vault dwellers were able to access the names, addresses and phone numbers of every person that had asked for a new bag. The bug was quickly patched, but not before the information could potentially have been secured for nefarious reasons.

The saga of cursed Fallout swag continues. Reset Era user Tenrius just wanted some Nuka Dark Rum, an alcoholic version of the classic beverage of the Fallout universe created by the Silver Screen Bottling Co. The drink was supposed to ship alongside the game on November 16, but failed to reach that goal. On November 21, an email received by those who ordered Nuka Dark Rum said that the "the product was not up to Fallout standards" and that it would ship "in the coming days."

Days went by and there was no new information about the rum. Then on December 5, those that ordered the $80 Nuka Dark Rum received an email saying they have "successfully executed the packaging" and that they were "finalizing bottling." A video posted inside the email shows slo-mo shots of rum getting put into bottles and that the liquor should ship in "December 2018."

It almost feels like Fallout merch is cursed. Fans understand that manufacturing mishaps happen, but when they keep occurring around a gaming franchise, things do start to seem a little odd.

We aren't saying Todd Howard sold his soul for the secrets of gaming success, but maybe DOOM isn't fiction after all.