Fallout 76 is just 6 weeks away now. The game launches November 14th, but the B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application) begins sooner.
The beta will arrive first on Xbox One on October 23rd and a week later for PlayStation 4 and PC players on October 30th. It will only be available to people who preorder.
The beta will not run 24/7, Bethesda has said on their FAQ page. Instead, it will be "up for anywhere between four to eight hours [per day]" until "a few days before launch". They say this is because they want to stress test the game's servers, making sure it can handle large amounts of players.
It makes sense that Bethesda want to stress test the servers as much as possible before launch. It should help smooth out the game's first couple of weeks and it's their first game quite like this. They're drawing on Zenimax's experience with the hugely successful The Elder Scrolls Online, as well as the online expertise of Bethesda Austin (previously Battlecry Studios). They could be testing their infrastructure to support more online elements in future games. Perhaps we'll see some more multiplayer spinoffs of their key franchises in the future.
The FAQ also states that console players will need an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription to take part in the beta. PC players won't need that. You will, however, need a Bethesda.net account for all platforms, so you might as well sign up now.
Furthermore, they have stated that the B.E.T.A. will be the full game and that your progress will carry over when the game launches. In theory, if the uptime of the beta wasn't being scheduled, this means you'd be able to play through the entire game before it comes out. The ability to carry over your character into the full game is a nice touch.
The B.E.T.A. will be approximately 45GB in size. Currently, the B.E.T.A. will not be available for pre-load. They also said that console players will have to download the official launch version of Fallout 76 on November 14, even if you downloaded and played the B.E.T.A. version, whereas PC players will not have to download a separate version of the game. The PC requirements for the B.E.T.A. have yet to be released.
The FAQ also provides some information about the game's microtransactions. As you play, you’ll earn a currency called Atoms by completing various gameplay challenges and achievements. This currency can be used to acquire in-game cosmetic customization items for your character. Once Fallout 76 officially launches on November 14, Atoms can also be purchased separately for real money if you so choose.
For more information, check out the FAQ yourself.
Bethesda also released the in-game intro for Fallout 76. See below to find out why "War Never Changes" this time.
What do you think? Are you excited for the B.E.T.A.? Are you looking forward to Fallout 76 in general? Let us know in the comments!