Pre-orders gain access, Bethesda stressed.
The Fallout 76 beta has been dated for late October, Bethesda recently confirmed.
The beta, or rather B.E.T.A. — standing for “Break-It Early Test Application” — starts first on Xbox One from 23 October and then heads to Windows PC and PS4 on 30 October.
The beta itself won’t run 24/7, Bethesda stressed.
“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.”
Bethesda also reiterated that “pre-ordering Fallout 76 is the only way to get access to the B.E.T.A.” Bethesda also updated its beta FAQ here.
Fallout 76 heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 14 November.