With Xbox One players being able to access the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A (Break-it Early Test Application) from October 23 (which will probably be 24 for ANZ) - with PlayStation 4 and PC players the following week on Tuesday, October 30. Unlike some beta tests the Fallout 76 beta will not run 24/7 but during specific times.
During the B.E.T.A. one of our primary goals is to stress test and break the game. As such, the servers will not be running 24/7; instead, they’ll be online during targeted timeframes so we can get as many people as possible playing at the same time. Why? Because that’s the best way put all our systems to the test and see how they respond.
On any given day the game might be up for anywhere between four to eight hours. Focusing as many players as we can into these windows is our prime objective. Then we’ll fix what we need to fix and do it again and again from the start of B.E.T.A. until a few days before launch. We’ll give you as much heads up as possible because we need you to log in during these times and play the game.
The interesting approach here definitely seems to be with Bethesda hot fixing and updating the game throughout the beta period which is due to run until a few days before launch, so even though there will be specific windows there will be plenty of time to find the right window to jump in. Bethesda have stated that they expect players to encounter bugs throughout the beta period, but even so this version comes after extensive internal testing.
As per previous information received from Bethesda, the beta will encompass the full game and all progress will carry over at launch. Which also gives it a sort of quick Early Access flavour for those that pre-order. The size of the beta is also listed at 45GB and for those that play on console, there will be a separate and new 45GB download at launch.
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