Before every major game launches the important thing to do these days is either hold a closed beta test, an open beta test, or perform some sort of stress test for the multiplayer component ahead of release. It's a safe way to gauge how well the game will hold up under the weight of thousands of players logging in on day-one to play the game. That's exactly what Bethesda is doing with Fallout 76 this weekend.
Over on the official Fallout website, Bethesda announced that a stress test for Fallout 76 will be held this weekend for the Xbox One. Those of you who are signed up as part of the Xbox Insider program may have an opportunity to test out the game this weekend.
This is not part of the B.E.T.A., but rather something Bethesda considers to be a "smaller" and more intimate affair to help the team prepare the sever load for the actual beta test ahead of launch.
Now, just because you're part of the Xbox Insider program doesn't necessarily mean you'll be selected to partake in the stress test. There's another requirement to join as well: you also have to pre-order the game.
To be clear here: you have to both pre-order Fallout 76 and you must be an Xbox Insider.
If you have fulfilled both of those requirements, you might be chosen to partake in the limited stress test over the weekend.
If you're not part of the Xbox Insider program, you can join by going to the app section of the Xbox dashboard and installing the Xbox Insider Hub app onto your hard drive.
Once you've been selected to participate in the stress test, when you open up the Xbox Insider Hub app you should see the Fallout 76 stress test app within the menu. You'll need to click "Join" and accept the terms and conditions to participate in the test.
The test will commence on Saturday, October 13th and will run over the course of the weekend. This means that you have up until the end of Friday to download and install the app, and pre-order the game to become eligible for the selection process of participating in the stress test. This obviously isn't as open and welcoming as the open beta tests that Treyarch held for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or the multiplayer beta test that DICE opened up for Battlefield V.
Even more than that, the progress you make during the stress test will not carry over into the B.E.T.A., nor will it carry over into the full version of the game. You will not be able to unlock achievements, and you will not be able to retain your character data or anything you acquire or gain during the stress test.
This will only be available for Xbox One owners in North America, and it will only be available in English. A more expansive test will come later on for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, which is known as the B.E.T.A., and it will take place at the end of the month, on October 30th.