Bethesda’s planning to launch a Fallout 76 beta before the game’s release in November and this guide will take you through everything you need to know if you want to try 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 the full version of the game ahead of the official release date and it’ll also help Bethesda squash bugs and performance problems before the game arrives this fall.
Bethesda is finally starting to release key information about the Fallout 76 beta there are a few things you should know as we push 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.
Those who don’t participate in the beta will get ample feedback from testers. The beta won’t be under NDA which means testers can post screenshots, stream, make videos, and more without fear of punishment.
Fallout 76 Beta Release Date
We finally know when the Fallout 76 beta will go live on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC and Bethesda plans to release it just a few weeks before the game’s launch in November.
Bethesda says beta testing will open up to Xbox One owners on October 23rd. PC and PS4 players will get access to the Fallout 76 beta a few days later on October 30th.
The company says it will “be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our B.E.T.A” and that it’ll “start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch.”
In an interview with Italian site Multiplayer.it, Howard says the beta will be “released in multiple phases” and that the team behind the game is “hoping to avoid resetting the servers post-beta.”
Bethesda says that while the beta will stretch into November, the servers “will not be running 24/7.” Instead, the company will use “targeted timeframes” so that it can get as many people as possible playing at the same time.
The company says that on “any given day” the beta might be up and running for anywhere between four to eight hours. It says it will continually do this “again and again” from the start of the beta until a few days before launch in November.
Some players will evidently get to play the game before the beta starts.
Bethesda says it has “already begun hosting smaller, timed stress tests”. The company says these tests include “randomly selected players who are under NDA playing in top secret vaults.”
Other Fallout 76 Beta Info
Here are a few other things to know about the Fallout 76 beta:
- The PC version of the Fallout 76 beta will only be available via Bethesda.net. Fallout 76 won’t be available on Steam at launch and it’s unclear when or even if Bethesda plans to launch it there.
- You will need a subscription to Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus to play the beta and Fallout 76.
- There is no pre-load.
- The beta will be around 45GB.
- You aren’t required to sign an NDA to try the beta. You can share everything you see.
- Bonus content from the game’s Tricentennial Edition will be made available when Fallout 76 launches in November.
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.
Redemption codes have started going out and once you receive your code, you’ll redeem it on Bethesda’s website.
Bethesda’s sending out emails to those who’ve successfully redeemed their beta code, a sign that things are progressing behind the scenes.
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.
If you pre-ordered through a participating retailer like Amazon, you’ll need to create a Bethesda.net account, redeem the code that came with your receipt, and then check your Bethesda account page for the actual beta code once it goes live on October 23rd/October 30th.
Once the beta is live you’ll need to search for “Fallout 76 beta” through your respective online store (PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store).
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:
Bethesda says supply is going to be limited which means it could sell out completely before launch this November. The bundle is currently sold out at many retailers with no word on when stock will return. Amazon recently got resupplied, but the stock sold out within 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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