Some games celebrate the day their games hit early access, or funded on Kickstarter, or actually launched. Fallout 76, however, is celebrating a lore day: October 23rd, “the day the bombs fell” – in the fictional 2077, of course, the nuclear apocalypse that defines the franchise. And this celebration will offer more than cake and party hats: Bethsoft is offering free game access.
“From now through October 26, you’ll be able to experience the entire game for free. This includes the base game experience, plus Wastelanders and Nuclear Winter,” Bethsoft says. “[I]f you decide to get Fallout 76 when the Free Play Week is over, not only will all your progress carry over, but the game and all available content bundles will be on sale! Note that Xbox players will need Xbox Gold to play during the free trial.”
To sweeten the pot, the company is also granting free sub time too in what it’s calling a “limited Fallout 1st preview,” which will remind you a lot of the way ZeniMax runs its Elder Scrolls Online sub trials.
“In order to claim it, all you have to do is log in between October 20 and October 26, find the free Fallout 1st Limited Preview ‘item’ in the Atomic Shop, and you’ll have access to some of the features offered with the membership. This trial will allow you to use the Scrapbox (which will need to be claimed separately through the Fallout 1st section of the Atomic Shop in order to build it in your C.A.M.P.) and Survival Tent. Just like for full Fallout 1st members, the Scrapbox will give you unlimited storage for your crafting components, and the Survival Tent operates as a placeable fast travel point with a Stash, Sleeping Bag, Scrapbox, Instrument and Cooking Station. (The Survival Tent will be located in your Favorites wheel after you activate your preview.) You will have access to both of these features until the preview ends on October 26. Once the preview ends, anything in your Scrapbox will persist (you won’t lose any of those precious crafting materials!), but you won’t be able to add anything new.”
Existing players and franchise fans will want to check out the ongoing sales; Fallout 76, for example, is 60% off, and there are running discounts on bundles and atoms too.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) October 20, 2020