Fallout 76 arrives in November, but you’ll be able to try the game a month before its official release date thanks to a beta on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
The Fallout 76 release date is confirmed for November 14th and pre-orders are currently live at Bethesda and retailer partners like Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop.
Some people will want to avoid a Fallout 76 pre-order, but many others will want to reserve a copy of the game ahead of its release date.
If you want to try Fallout 76 before its release date, you’ll need to pre-order a copy of the game for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Windows PC. Bethesda plans to launch the beta on all three platforms though Xbox One users get first dibs.
Trying the beta will help you get familiar with Fallout 76’s gameplay and setting and that will help you decide if you want to go through with buying the full version.
We don’t have a specific release date for the beta, but you can already put your name into the hat and get yourself lined up to try the Fallout 76 beta when it arrives in October. If that sounds like something you want to do, here’s what you need to do to get started:
Pick an Edition & Pre-Order
Again, at this time, it looks like Bethesda’s only letting those who pre-order a copy of the game into the Fallout 76 beta. An open beta isn’t in the cards right now.
Create a Bethesda.net Account
If you pre-order a digital copy of the game through Microsoft, Sony or Bethesda you’ll automatically get access to the beta on the Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, or Bethesda.net eShop account you ordered with. The company says it will share more details about how this works once we get closer to the beta’s release date.
If you pre-order through a participating retailer you’ll need to create a Bethesda.net account. Setting up an account is easy and will only take you a few minutes to complete.
In order to start an account head to Bethesda’s website and follow the steps. You should setup the account using the email you use for your subscription to Xbox Live or PSN.
Find Your Code
If you pre-order the game through a participating retailer you’ll get a beta redemption code. This code will appear on your receipt or in your confirmation email. If you don’t see a code you’ll need to get in contact with the retailer’s customer service department.
Redemption codes are starting to go out via email. If you haven’t already, you should check your inbox for a 20-digit code.
Enter Your Fallout 76 Beta Code
Once you track down your code you’ll need to login to Bethesda’s website and enter the code you received. This will grant you access to the beta.
Bethesda says it will then contact you via email at a later date. This email will give you your official console beta access code or Bethesda.net download instructions.
Note that Fallout 76 beta redemption codes can only be used once and redemption codes cannot be transferred or recovered to another account.
Wait Until October
In October Bethesda will start selecting people who have pre-ordered the game to enter beta testing. The company will “start small, but the beta will grow over time as it prepares for launch.
Fallout 76 Beta Sign Up Problems
If you encounter issues redeeming your code, make sure you’re entering it correctly with the dashes included. If you don’t include the dashes it won’t work.
If the problem persists you’ll need to get in contact with Bethesda’s customer service.
Buy If You Love Online Games & Fallout
If you like the sound of an online Fallout-style RPG, you might want to buy a copy of Fallout 76.
It's much different than the Fallout games you're used to, but it still has quests, a leveling system, V.A.T.S. (though it's nothing like the V.A.T.S. from previous games) and tons of enemies to kill just like Bethesda's traditional single-player RPGs.
It also has 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.
Fallout 76 is more Fallout Online/Elder Scrolls Online than Fallout 5. If sharing an open, evolving Fallout world with friends sounds amazing, think about buying a copy of the game today, tomorrow, or sometime in the near future.