Fallout 76’s closed beta is scheduled for October

    
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Zip up those Vault Tec suits, kiddos, because you’re going out into Fallout 76’s West Virginia wasteland as soon as this October. That is, of course, if you are able to snag a key for the closed beta by plopping down some cash for a pre-order.

Bethesda posted the news on the forums: “Starting in October, we’ll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our B.E.T.A. We’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch. Be sure you’ve read our F.A.Q., for details on how to redeem your B.E.T.A. code and other important details. To clarify, everyone who pre-orders at a participating retailer will be included in the B.E.T.A.”

The studio said that details are “still changing” about the survival MMO but that it couldn’t answer specifics on everything just yet. Bethesda will be taking to the stage at QuakeCon 2018 on August 11th to go through a deep dive on the character systems and answer some fan questions about the game.

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rafael12104
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rafael12104

Err, little late for a Beta, no? Lol!

Whatever. I’m dropping all the pretenses. I’m taking a chance, and I will be in this so-called Beta. Bethesda has provided me with enough fun over the years and that built up a lot of credibility with me.

Will 76 work as planned? Hmm, I don’t know. But I’ll be right in the thick of it in October which, in this case, is exactly where I want to be.

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MrNastyButler

If Bethesda was ever going to make a survival game, the Fallout Universe makes the most sense for it. But I’ll pass still. So much of it feels off or wrong. It’s like the pieces could be there, but they don’t know if they want them in the big picture yet or how to connect them. Feels like it needs another couple years to come together.

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mysecretid

At this juncture, I remain unconvinced.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Never pre-order.

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Neurotic

Noo, shh, they said not to call it a “survival” game. :D

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Cosmic Cleric

if you are able to snag a key for the closed beta by plopping down some cash for a pre-order.

OR, just wait for it to release, and play a post-tested, finished game.

No need to pre-order. The game will still be there for you, when it releases.

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thirtymil

just wait for it to release, and play a post-tested, finished game.

I’m sorry sir, but you seem to suppose that because a game is released, it is somehow finished. I would suggest that in the survival genre this is pure poppycock.

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Cosmic Cleric

I’m sorry sir, but you seem to suppose that because a game is released, it is somehow finished. I would suggest that in the survival genre this is pure poppycock.

Well played, sir. Well, played. :)

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

A real beta would be in September when you have actual time to implement the feedback. This is just a pre-order lure/marketing trick.

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Karma_Mule

That may be true for having substantial fixes in place for launch date, but that would still give them a head-start on identifying and patching issues sooner than they would if they just waited for launch.

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Cosmic Cleric

but that would still give them a head-start on identifying and patching issues

You say that like if the majority of pre-ordering players actually buy the game to help debug it, instead of just getting the game in their hands earlier, for various reasons (impatience, advantages over others, etc.).

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Siphaed

“Pre-order for B.E.T.A.”….most likely,….and honestly, I’m sick and tired of generation after generation of pre-order bait in order to get anticipation #’s for some investor meeting to say “hey, look at this hype!” Ugh, more and more sick of Capitalism as it gets more and more manipulative.

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Cosmic Cleric

Ugh, more and more sick of Capitalism as it gets more and more manipulative.

What’s worse, it done in a slow-moving way, so that you don’t notice unless you’ve been a consumer for a very long time. The newer consumers don’t seem to notice.