Update, July 23: Bethesda has confirmed an October release date for the Fallout 76 beta.
The Fallout 76 beta – or B.E.T.A., if you’re into unnecessary acronyms – is set for release in October. Bethesda has provided a handful of details on the upcoming “Break it Early Test Application,” including how to get access when it goes live later this year.
If you pre-order Fallout 76 from a selection of participating retailers, you’ll get access to beta when it launches this fall. It appears not everyone will get in at the same time, as Bethesda says it’ll be “selecting” eligible participants starting in October. “We’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch.”
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That comes via a new community post, but there’s more info on the official FAQ. The beta will begin first on Xbox One before hitting other platforms – including, of course, PC. Notably, among the participating retailers listed on the official pre-order page, there’s no Steam option, and Valve’s marketplace still doesn’t have a store page for Fallout 76. It looks increasingly likely that the game will be exclusive to Bethesda’s own launcher, at least at first.
Your beta access will be automatic if you’ve purchased the game digitally, but you’ll receive a code from your chosen retailer if you spring for a physical release.
There’s plenty for the beta to cover before the Fallout 76 release date, with loads of details ranging from griefer prevention to server synchronization left to iron out. Coming barely a month before the November release, it’s tough to say how much effect the beta will have on the final game, but it’ll at least give players a taste of what to expect ahead of launch.
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