Fallout 76 marks a new direction for Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise and is shaping up as one of its most ambitious titles yet. As a shared-world multiplayer experience, you’ll have the ability to build a home, hunt creatures, and uncover secrets with friends for the first time.

While its expected November 14 release is still some time away, Fallout 76’s beta test is your opportunity to play early. Here we wrap up everything we know about the Fallout 76 beta and explain how to play it yourself.

Fallout 76: Everything we know

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What to expect from Fallout 76 beta

As announced alongside Fallout 76 at E3 2018, Bethesda plans to host its B.E.T.A. (Break It Early Test Application) for the game ahead of release. Common among most big upcoming titles, these tests are an ideal opportunity to squash issues before release. And being the first online Fallout title, a large pool of players is ideal for scaling its networking technologies.

As seen in beta tests for previous shared-world role-playing titles, expect the beta to provide access to limited content ahead of release. Expect a smaller number of quests, capped progression, and other restrictions, ensuring content is saved for the final release. However, it’s still likely to showcase the game’s opening stages, somewhat indicative of the launch experience.

How to sign-up for Fallout 76 beta

To gain access to the Fallout 76 beta test, Bethesda currently requires players to preorder a copy of the game ahead of launch. Fallout 76 is available for preorder in three separate versions: the standard game ($59.99), the premium “Tricentennial Edition,” ($79.99) and the highly coveted “Power Armor Collector’s Edition” ($200). Each of these editions guarantees a key upon preorder, across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or Windows PCs.

For those who preorder Fallout 76 digitally, beta access will be provided automatically once the test commences. After preordering digitally on the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, or Bethesda.net eShop for PC, beta access will be tied to that account. There’s no need to worry after ordering – you’re ready to go.

For those who preorder at Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, and other participating retailers, you’ll be provided a redeemable key. These keys can be redeemed at Bethesda’s online beta portal, securing access for later this year. After placing your order, expect the key to arrive via email a few days after.

Further details on accessing the Fallout 76 beta upon its release are expected at a later date.

Fallout 76 beta release date

Bethesda isn’t currently discussing start dates for the Fallout 76 beta test, meaning it could be available anytime between now and November. Video game beta tests generally fall a couple of months before launch, meaning we should see its arrival between late summer and early fall. The publisher has announced the Fallout 76 beta will be released first on Xbox One, with PlayStation 4 and PC tests commencing at a later date.

Senior Vice President of Marketing at Bethesda, Pete Hines, stated the “test won’t start for a while” on June 14, so we’re not expecting anything soon. Whether showcased at Gamescom in August or via a surprise announcement, there are plentiful opportunities for it to surface.

The beta awaits

As Fallout 76’s release nears, we’ll be sure to update this article with the latest details on its beta. In the meantime, Fallout 76 is now available for preorder starting at $59.99, ahead of its planned November 14 release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs.

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