Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Release Date and Info

By Dave Horobin, 29 days ago
As revealed a few weeks ago, the upcoming Fallout 76 "Break-It Early Test Application" will be starting next week, and here are all the details you need to know if you want to get involved.

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Details and Start Date

When Does the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Start?

The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. starts on Tuesday, October 23rd on the Xbox One with PC and PS4 players joining the following week on October 30th. The B.E.T.A. will run until "a few days" before the game releases fully on November 14th.

Unlike many other betas and stress tests that run continuously, the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. will only run for around four to eight hours each day, giving Bethesda time to implement fixes and updates before the next day's testing commences. Full details of the start and end times for each day's tests haven't been released as of yet, but we'll be sure to let you know once they are announced.

How to Join the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.

To access the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A., you will need to pre-order the game digitally from the Xbox Store or physically via participating retailers.

If you pre-order from the Xbox Store, you will automatically gain access to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A and can simply search on the store for "Fallout 76 beta" and download once it is available. There are two Fallout 76 editions available digitally from the Xbox Store that will both give you access to the BE.T.A.:

Fallout 76 Preorder
Fallout 76 Preorder

Pre-order now to get access to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Bethesda Game Studios, the creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, experience the largest world ever created in Fallout. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats.


Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Preorder
Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Preorder

Pre-order now to get access to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Bethesda Game Studios welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, and triumph in a new and untamed wasteland. Includes the game and bonus in-game items: Tricentennial Power Armors and Weapons customization, Vault Boy Mascot Head, Uncle Sam Outfit, and more!


If you order via a participating retailer, you will need to redeem the code from your digital or physical receipt on the Bethesda website by following the steps below:

  1. Create a free Bethesda.net account. If you already have an account, proceed to step two.
  2. Log into your account and redeem the code that came with your receipt to entitle your Bethesda.net account to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.
  3. Your B.E.T.A. code will be made available on this account page once the B.E.T.A. is live on your respective platform (October 23 for Xbox One, October 30 for PS4)
  4. Redeem your B.E.T.A. code on your console to participate

What's the Download Size for the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.?

The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. weights in at 45.28 GB and will not be available to pre-download. You can, however, keep an eye on when it becomes available to download on the Xbox Store.

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.
Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.

Welcome to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application)! During the B.E.T.A. you will likely see a glorious array of issues; many we know about and many we don’t. We need your help in getting the game ready for launch and beyond. Your continued feedback is critical to craft the long-term experience over the years to come. Be sure to check our official @fallout and @bethesdastudios channels to learn when servers will be online and where to send feedback. Our future begi


What Can I Do in the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A.?

The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. will give players access to an early build of the full game. Bethesda has already stated that "you will likely see a glorious array of issues."

This an exciting new journey for Fallout – and for us! The B.E.T.A. is a work-in-progress version of the game. During the B.E.T.A., you will likely see a glorious array of issues; many we know about, and many we don’t.

Our goal, with your help, is to identify and fix any issues that arise in preparation for the November 14 launch. We need all your suggestions and feedback during B.E.T.A., at launch, and beyond to make Fallout 76 the best experience possible, now and for years to come!

Will Progress from the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. Carry Over?

Bethesda has confirmed that it is their "current plan" for your progress in the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. to carry over into the full game when it releases on November 14th.

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Is the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. the Same as the Fallout 76 Stress Test?

No. The Stress Test is a small and timed test of the Fallout 76 servers that began for select Xbox Insiders on October 13th. Unlike the upcoming B.E.T.A, the Stress Test. is under NDA and progress will not carry over to the full game when it releases on November 14th.

If you'd like to find out more about the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A., you can view the in-depth FAQs page on Bethesda.net here: Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. FAQs.

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Dave Horobin
Written by Dave Horobin
Dave is the TrueAchievements Social Manager and has been a Newshound since 2010. When he's not chasing developers and publishers for early review copies, he can usually be found on the TrueAchievements social pages discussing all things TA related.