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Fallout 76 is set to arrive this fall but, before that can happen, Bethesda wants to kick open the doors and invite players in to test things out in the weeks leading up to launch. They've now laid out full details for the upcoming beta, including sign-up instructions and when players can expect to start exploring the post-apocalyptic wastelands of West Virginia.
It was announced during E3 2018 that Fallout 76 would finally bring multiplayer action to Bethesda's beloved game world on Nov. 14. That's a huge departure from previous Fallout games, as this latest outing will focus more on playing/competing with others and scrounging for resources rather than following a narrative-driven campaign. And since it's going to be online, Bethesda wants to kick the tires first and make sure their systems work, the servers can handle the load, etc. To that end, they're priming a beta that's set to kick off sometime in October.
Over in the Bethesda forums, community editor "Jurassica" explained that the Fallout 76 beta will be going live in a couple of months, as the team is still constantly tweaking the game. The given window for the beta is "starting in October," when the first batch of participants will be selected. The beta will continue to grow over time, with more players being brought in to join the fun leading up to the Nov. 14 launch.
In other words, the beta is happening pretty close to launch, so we don't expect any major changes will be implemented based on player feedback from the beta. Here's hoping they've already got a winning formula ready to roll.
As for how to get into the beta, they've outlined all of those details in a separate post. First, you need to pre-order Fallout 76. Somewhere on the pre-order receipt or via an email, depending on where you pre-order the game, you'll find a beta access code. Next, you'll want to drop by Bethesda.net and log in or follow the instructions to create an account. Once you've got an account ready, you can plug in your beta code. Everyone who pre-orders the game will get into the beta, but not necessarily during the first wave of testing. Just be patient and, once your number is up, Bethesda will send you an email with the full invite to head to the wastelands.
The post goes on to encourage interested fans to send questions to the developer through pretty much every form of social media imaginable. Some of those questions will then be answered during the Fallout 76 panel scheduled for Quakecon. That event takes place at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 11, and a stream will be available for your viewing pleasure in case you're not actually at the event.