Bethesda plans to launch a Fallout 76 beta ahead of the game’s release in mid-November. While there are some great reasons to give the beta a go, some people might want to skip it.
Fallout 76 pre-orders are live at Bethesda and at retailers around the globe. The game is sold in three different formats, each with a different price point and features.
The standard version is the no frills $60 copy of the game. There’s a $80 Tricentennial Edition that comes with a copy of the game and some bonus in-game items.
There’s also a $200 Power Armor Edition and it includes a real life Power Armor helmet amongst other collectibles. Power Armor Edition stock is limited so those who want the bundle on November 14th should put in a pre-order today.
There’s another great reason to pre-order a copy of Fallout 76. Putting in a pre-order grants you access to the Fallout 76 beta whenever it arrives for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
Bethesda hasn’t confirmed a release date, but we know the beta will start on the Xbox One before moving to the PlayStation 4 and Windows.
We don’t know how much of the game will feature in the beta, but you can expect the developer to test a sizable chunk as it attempts to work out the kinks ahead of launch.
While many people will want to go ahead and put in a pre-order to try the game ahead of time, others might be better off avoiding the Fallout 76 beta. In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to try it and the best reasons to avoid it.
Join the Fallout 76 Beta to Help Bethesda
If you plan on investing a ton of your time into Fallout 76's online universe, the beta is a perfect way to improve your experience.
Bethesda's using the Fallout 76 beta as a marketing tool and pre-order incentive, but that doesn't make it any less important. The main purpose of a beta is to catch bugs before the official release.
With your help, Bethesda will improve the overall quality of Fallout 76's world before the game arrives in November.
Your bug reports will help it squash bugs and performance issues impacting all three versions (PC, Xbox One, PS4) of the game.
Fallout 76 won't be perfect, no game ever is, but your beta testing could help the developer deliver a more polished product later this year.