It's been known since the Bethesda conference at E3 that Fallout 76
would be having a beta due to its entirely online nature. Two months out from the game's full release, Bethesda has now let us know that players will be able take part in the "B
pplication" this October.
As the name suggests, one of the main goals of this B.E.T.A. is for players to stress test and attempt to break the game. As part of this, the servers will not be running 24/7 but instead 4-8 hours each day in an attempt to funnel as many players into the game over a short period of time. The servers will then be taken down so the folks at Bethesda have a chance to implement fixes before the game is put to the test again the next day. The B.E.T.A. — requiring a pre-order of the game to access — will begin on October 23rd on Xbox One and lasts until "a few days" before Fallout 76
's full release. While we wait for that, Bethesda's official in-game intro shows what players can expect to see when they first launch the game. Check out the full two-and-a-half minute long intro below.
Assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong with the B.E.T.A, Fallout 76
will open its vault doors to the world on November 14th.
We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Fallout 76 achievements.