According to Bethesda, the community response to the Nuclear Winter Battle Royale mode in Fallout 76 has been pretty positive. So much so, that they’ve decided to extend the early access, pre-beta stage indefinitely. I mean, I say indefinitely; they just didn’t mention any ending date at all.
I wasn’t sure that the Fallout 76 community would crowd to the Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, given the negative reception it got. Turns out, I was as wrong as it gets. At least, if Bethesda is to be believed. Or, according to the updated post on the Fallout website: “We’ve been blown away by the reactions and responses we’ve been seeing all week to Nuclear Winter. It has been so amazing to read all your experiences and see everything you’ve been sharing. There are so many incredible up-and-coming Overseers!”
The post continues: “With all the excitement and popularity, we wanted to let you know that the pre-beta sneak peek of Nuclear Winter will remain on and continue to receive updates, so keep sharing your feedback. There’s more to come! Thank you again for playing, sharing, and being the best community there is.” So, yeah. The Nuclear Winter pre-beta is gonna be an ongoing thing from now on. In fact, I’ll be very much surprised if they pull the plug on the “pre-beta” at all. They’ll just keep updating it and updating it and just announce at some point that it’s the full version.
Oh, in fact, low-key conspiracy theory! Nuclear Winter mode in Fallout 76 never had a pre-beta. This thing that you’re playing, that’s not a testing period; that’s the actual mode. They just launched it in a wonky state, as Bethesda tends to do, and covered it up by calling it a sneeak-peek, pre-beta, what have you. I’ve got your number, Todd Howard! You can’t fool me anymore!