The closed beta for Fallout 76 will be going live next month and can be played by those who have pre-ordered the game. Announced today alongside an intro trailer, Bethesda shared the launch date of the of the Fallout 76 ‘Break-It Early Test Application’. The beta will be available on multiple platforms, and will launch on Xbox One a week before it comes to PlayStation 4 and PC on October 30th.
Only pre-order customers will have access to the closed beta, and there are no plans for an open beta. Fallout 76’s beta test will function differently from other beta tests. During the beta phase, starting from October 23rd, the Fallout 76 servers will be up for a few hours every day. This is to ensure that the beta successfully fulfills its purpose of stress testing servers with as many players as possible. Before the servers come online in the “targeted timeframes”, Bethesda will inform players via Twitter in advance. The announcements will also be shared on the Bethesda.net forums.
The Fallout 76 beta can be downloaded using the Bethesda Launcher after redeeming your code. Bethesda has shared detailed instructions on how to do so on their website. The download size of the beta is approximately 45 GB. Unfortunately, players won’t be able to pre-load the beta prior to its launch.
The beta will be conducted in two phases, with fixes in between, which last until a few a days before launch. Server tests will run for anywhere between four to eight hours everyday and Bethesda will “give you as much heads up as possible.” Additionally, any progress made in the Fallout 76 beta will be carried over to the final release of the game.
The closed beta, or ‘Break-It Early Test Application’, starts October 23rd for Xbox One and October 30th for PC and PlayStation 4. Fallout 76 releases on November 14th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the PC.