Bethesda’s planning to launch a Fallout 76 beta before the game’s release in November. This guide will take you through everything you need to know if you want to play Fallout 76 early.
Fallout 76 pre-orders are live and Bethesda’s next entry in the Fallout series arrives on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC on November 14th.
If you want to try the game out before that you’ll be able to do so via the Fallout 76 beta. The beta will let you try a portion of the game early and it’ll also help Bethesda squash bugs and performance problems before the official version arrives this fall.
The company hasn’t outlined the beta in detail just yet, but there are a few things you should know as we push away from E3 2018 into the summer.
You Need to Pre-Order Fallout 76
If you want to try the Fallout 76 beta you’ll need to pre-order a copy of the game. All three versions (standard, Tricentennial and Power Armor Edition) come with access to the Fallout 76 beta.
As of right now, it doesn’t look like Bethesda will open it up to those who don’t want to pre-order the game. That could change, but those who want to secure a spot in the beta will want to pre-order.
Fallout 76 Beta Release Date
We don’t know when the Fallout 76 beta will go live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC. Bethesda hasn’t confirmed a release date.
That said, you can expect the developer to put a healthy amount of space between the beta and the game’s release date on November 14th. Several weeks at least.
We also don’t know how long the beta will last or how much of the game will be playable. Look for Bethesda to answer these questions after its had a chance to settle back in after E3.
Fallout 76 Beta Comes to Xbox First
We don’t have an official release date, but we do know the Fallout 76 is coming to the Xbox One and Xbox One X before it lands for PS4 and Windows PC users.
Fallout 76 Beta Codes
If you pre-order a copy of the game through a participating retailer, you’re going to get a beta redemption code on your receipt or in your email. You will then use this redemption code to get your beta access code. The access code will arrive once the beta is ready to begin.
These redemption codes haven’t gone out just yet, but we expect them to start showing up in inboxes later this month. Once you receive your code, you’ll redeem it on Bethesda’s website.
Signing up for the Fallout 76 beta is extremely easy and you’ll want to check out our walkthrough if you don’t know where to start.
If you pre-order a copy of the game via Microsoft, Sony, or Bethesda.net, you will automatically receive access to the beta on the Xbox One Store, PlayStation Store, or Bethesda.net eShop account you pre-ordered with.
Bethesda says it will provide exact details in the future so be on the lookout for them. The company will publish them on its official social channels when it’s ready.
Pre-Order If You Love Online Games & Fallout
If you like the sound of an online Fallout-style RPG, you might want to put in a Fallout 76 pre-order.
The game is still in development and the gameplay is reportedly still in flux, but it'll be much different than Fallout 4.
That said, the game will have quests and tons of enemies to kill just like Bethesda's traditional single-player RPGs. It'll also have base building (dubbed C.A.M.P.), something Bethesda introduced in Fallout 4 back in 2015. Fallout 76 allows you to build anywhere on the map.
Unlike some games that simply end once you complete the campaign, support for Fallout 76 (like support for Fallout 4) will go on for years. Bethesda says all DLC content released after Fallout 76's release date will be entirely free.
Fallout 76 is going to more Fallout Online/Elder Scrolls Online than Fallout 5. If sharing an open, evolving Fallout world with friends sounds amazing, think about putting in an early order today, tomorrow, or sometime in the near future.