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5 Things to Do Before the Fallout 76 Release Date

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If you’re thinking about buying Fallout 76 or if you’ve already put in a pre-order, there are a few things you’ll want to do before the game’s release date arrives this fall.

Fallout 76 pre-orders are live at a large number of retailers ahead of the game’s release date in November. Bethesda and its retail partners are currently selling three versions of the game including a standard edition, the Tricentennial Edition, and a $200 Power Armor Edition bundle.

Those who pre-order a copy of Fallout 76 gain access to the Fallout 76 beta which is set to launch on Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC sometime before that November 14th release date.

Deciding on a Fallout 76 pre-order is just one thing you should do before the game’s release date this fall. There are a few other things you should do in the months leading up to the release date starting with the beta.

Enter Fallout 76 Contests

Love Fallout? Want to win free stuff? Make sure you’re on the lookout for occasional Fallout 76-related contests.

In June, Bethesda launched the first Fallout 76 contest. The prize? A custom Fallout 76 Xbox One X. Entry was simple and free.

Bethesda says it plans to launch additional contests in the coming weeks so if you’re a Fallout fanatic or simply like winning free stuff, make sure you track the company on social media.

Try the Fallout 76 Beta

If you love the Fallout series, but you’re unsure about an online adventure in the wastelands of West Virginia, you’ll absolutely want to try the Fallout 76 beta when it arrives in October.

The main purpose of the beta will be to help Bethesda squash bugs and performance issues ahead of the game’s release date, but it’ll also give those of you on the fence a chance to try the combat and other game mechanics early.

It should be pretty robust, Bethesda says it’s hoping the beta turns into the final version of the game, and that means it should answer many of your questions about the game.

While some of you might fall in love with the game’s survival concept, others might dislike the style. If you fall into the latter group, you should be able to cancel your pre-order without incurring any charges.

For more on the Fallout 76 beta, take a look at our guide.

Pick the Right Edition

There are some great reasons to pre-order Fallout 76. There are also some reasons why you might want to hold off for a few more weeks or, in some cases, even longer.

If you do decide to pre-order Fallout 76 you’ll want to order the correct version.

The game comes in three editions, each with a different price point. The standard version costs the usual $60. The Tricentennial Edition is $80 and comes with in-game bonus items. And finally you have Bethesda’s $200 Power Armor Edition, a bundle that comes with a glow in the dark map and a wearable Power Armor helmet.

Most people are fine going with the $60 version, but some of you might want to splurge on the deluxe version or the Power Armor bundle.

We’ve put together a guide that will walk you through each edition and help you decide which is right for you and your budget.

Look for Fallout 76 Deals

Keep an eye out for Fallout 76 deals as we approach the game’s release date.

There aren’t a whole lot of deals out there right now, but Amazon Prime and Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked subscribers can save the usual 20% on a pre-order. Best Buy isn’t accepting new GCU members, but current members can grab the usual deal.

You can also get a $10 reward certificate to use on a future purchase when you order Fallout 76 at Best Buy.

We could see retailers like Green Man Gaming and NewEgg offer pre-release deals so make sure you poke around before you commit to the full price of the game.

Think About Buying an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro

If you own a 4K television or if you’re planning to buy one this year, you should think about buying Sony’s PS4 Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One X.

Fallout 76 will look and perform better on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One. The game is enhanced for both consoles and includes 4K and HDR support. If you want the best version of Fallout 76 you’ll need one of these consoles or a high-end Windows PC.

With the Fallout 76 release date coming in November you should be able to find a PS4 or Xbox One X deal before the release date or right around it.

We expect to see plenty of Xbox One X and PS4 Pro deals popup around Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season.

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Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

Pre-Order If You Want the Power Armor Edition

If you want the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, you'll want to pre-order.

The Power Armor Edition is a $200 bundle that nets you a copy of the game and some unique items. These items include:


  • Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with West Tek Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.

  • Glow-in-the-Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow-in-the-dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns and wildlife.

  • 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures and more to life.

  • Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.

  • Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!

Bethesda says supply is going to be limited which means it could sell out before launch this November. In fact, it's already sold out at some retailers with no word on when stock will return. Amazon recently got resupplied, but the stock sold out in hours. 

If you went through the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition debacle back in 2015 and want to avoid a similar disaster this year, make sure you pre-order the game.

Most retailers will let you cancel for free if you decide you don't want to spend $200. 

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