Fallout 76 Beta Launch to Start in October, First on Xbox

The beta for Fallout 76 now has a release window. According to Bethesda, the beta is going to start rolling out some time in October. The first people that will get invitations are going to be Xbox One owners, with PC and PlayStation 4 coming along some time later.

Fallout 76 Beta Launch to Start in October, First on Xbox
Fallout 76 Beta Launch to Start in October, First on Xbox

We’ve covered some of the details of the upcoming Fallout 76 beta, but the one thing lacking in that first bunch of info was the launch date of the beta. Well, we still don’t have an exact release date, but Bethesda has at least announced a release window. According to a post on Bethesda’s forum, the Fallout 76 beta program will start rolling out in October. As was mentioned before, the first people that are going to get access to the beta are the Xbox One gamers. At a later date, the beta is going to roll out on the PC and the PlayStation 4.

If you’re planning to play the beta of Fallout 76, you’re gonna have to pre-order the game, which is somewhat annoying. You can do so either via digital means, or at participating retailer. Bethesda assures everyone that everyone that pre-orders the game is going to get access to the beta. See, it appears their idea is to invite people in waves; start small, as it were, and then slowly expand the circle of people participating. Presumably, this is in order to gradually increase the load on servers to test them out.

What might frustrate some people looking forward to Fallout 76 is that the beta will launch so close to the launch date. As a reminder, Fallout 76 is going to launch on November 14th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, all being well. Depending on when exactly the beta starts in October, a lot of people might just enter the beta at the very tail end, meaning that the pre-order wasn’t as valuable as it should have been. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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