Fallout 76 beta features 'full game' with progress saved for launch

Details on Bethesda's upcoming online-only role-playing game, Fallout 76, have been scarce since its initial E3 2018 reveal. While the game's launch is set for November 14, fans are eager to hear more about the project that hugely diverges from series roots. More is expected at "QuakeCon," especially with the upcoming pre-release B.E.T.A. (Break It Early Test Application) only two months away.

More details on the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. have now surfaced on Bethesda's website, via an update to its FAQ page. The most notable change confirms plans for the "full game" to be available for the test, with progression moving forward to the final release. This is a major diversion from most modern beta tests, where strong content restrictions are regularly enforced, and progression is wiped for launch day.

How to play the Fallout 76 beta

This signals a strong launch for Fallout 76, with Bethesda clearly confident to offer the full package ahead of release. Tying B.E.T.A. access to preorders does provide a small advantage for select gamers, although ultimately doesn't have a long-term impact. Beyond its planned October release, we also have no idea how long the test will be hosted.

Other new information with this update includes clarification for PC distribution, confirming Steam is dumped in favor of Bethesda.net. Furthermore, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) won't be enforced, allowing players to create content over the duration of the test. For more details on the B.E.T.A. be sure to check our complete guide to playing for yourself.

In the meantime, Fallout 76 preorders are now live ahead of its slated November 14 release, starting at $59.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. To gain access to the Fallout 76 beta test, Bethesda currently requires players to preorder a copy of the game before it commences.

Matt Brown

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