The Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) will begin in October and Bethesda will be “selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer.”
Announced by community administrator Jurassica on Bethesda’s Fallout 76 general discussion forum, she continued to say “we’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch.”
Jurassica also confirmed that “During the Fallout 76 panel at QuakeCon, we’ll be answering some of your questions.”
The panel will take place on August 10 at 9am PT/12pm ET and will see Todd Howard and other Bethesda Game Studios developers dive deeper into the newest entry of the Fallout franchise.
Bethesda also detailed more of their plans for QuakeCon, which runs from August 9-12 in Dallas, TX, and that it will feature more from Rage 2 and the gameplay reveal of Doom Eternal, which was announced at E3 2018.
Fallout 76 was revealed back in May with a teaser trailer, and was one of the centerpieces of Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference which also saw the announcement of Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI.
Fallout 76 is a prequel to all Fallout games, the first to be “entirely online,” and will be “four times the size of Fallout 4.” You, as the player, will explore West Virginia and will be “one of the first to emerge in an untamed and very different wasteland.”
Since E3 2018, we’ve learned more about the game, including the consequences (and rewards) of Nukes and that Fallout 76 began as Fallout 4’s multiplayer mode.
Fallout 76 will be released on November 14, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Adam Bankhurst is a freelance writer for IGN and one of his favorite games of all time is Fallout 3. Needless to say, he’s excited for Fallout 76 and hopes to see you in the wasteland. You can follow him on Twitter.