Bethesda has released a trailer depicting the opening sequence of its upcoming multiplayer survival title Fallout 76 and simultaneously announced details about the beta start date.
The video is markedly more upbeat than the usual Fallout fare with an overarching positivity and sense of renewal coursing through it. A group of Vault-Tec’s finest graduates celebrate the opening of Vault 76 and eagerly await to rebuild a ravaged world. It’s all rather inspiring and uplifting.
As we already know Fallout 76 is expected to include mutated beasts based on West Virginian folklore, explosives gun fights, and the ever present threat of radiation without mentioning the game is essentially a PvP survival shooter so the vibe of the trailer feels somewhat saccharine, yet in keeping with the multiple tongue-in-cheek educational Fallout 76 cartoon videos released to date.
Endearingly coined ‘Break It Early Test Application’, the beta will kick off on October 23rd for Xbox One, while PC and PlayStation 4 access starts a week later on October 30th. You’ll have to pre-order Fallout 76 and have a PlayStation Plus/Xbox Live Gold subscription to be granted a ticket to the beta though. Oh and you’ll need to set up a Bethesda.net account if you haven’t already. The file size is a reasonable 45 GB. There’s no end date as of writing though the November release date does curtail how long Bethesda can run the beta for.
Bethesda explains servers won’t run continuously, instead they’ll be up for ‘anywhere between four to eight hours’ a day. The idea being to have as many concurrent players as possible ‘to stress test and break the game’.
The experience will, however, be the full game or at least its current ‘work-in-progress’ iteration with Bethesda planning to allow progress to be carried over to the full release on November 14th. Players are advised to expect bugs and issues, which any seasoned Fallout veteran will be well acquainted with.