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 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 great detail just yet, but 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 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, but it looks like it’ll go live just a few weeks before the game’s launch in November.
Bethesda says beta testing will open up sometime in October. 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.”
We also don’t know how long the beta will last or how much of the game will be playable though Todd Howard says the company is hoping the beta is the final game.
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.”
Xbox One Fallout 76 Beta Is 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.
As of right now, we don’t know how big of a gap there will be between the Xbox One Fallout 76 beta and the beta for the PS4 and PC.
As for the PC version of the beta, it’ll be available on PC via Bethesda.net only. Fallout 76 won’t be available on Steam at launch, it seems.
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.
Bethesda says it will provide exact details in the future (probably closer to the beta’s October launch date) so be on the lookout for them. The company will publish the details on its official social channels when it’s ready.
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 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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