Bethesda is gearing up to launch Fallout 76, an online-only softcore survival game that shakes up the traditional formula of the series to offer something new. Ahead of its launch, Bethesda’s giving players the chance to participate in a “Break-it Early Test Application,” or “B.E.T.A.” that gives you access to the full game. In preparation for this, Bethesda has just released the game’s opening cinematic, and they’ve also outlined when the B.E.T.A. is coming to various platforms.
The game’s intro recaps the events of the catastrophic war that left the world in ruins and shows the dedication and opening of Vault 76. The vault dwellers are then tasked with a special mission: to rebuild not just walls and buildings, but hearts, minds, and ultimately America itself. You can set out on this journey soon, as the B.E.T.A. kicks off next month.
As previously announced, the B.E.T.A. hits Xbox One first before coming to PlayStation 4 and PC a little while later. When it launches, it will only be available during select hours. Here’s Bethesda’s breakdown of how it works:
We’re excited to announce that our B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application) will arrive first on Xbox One on Tuesday, October 23, and one week later for PlayStation 4 and PC players on Tuesday, October 30.
During the B.E.T.A. one of our primary goals is to stress test and break the game. As such, the servers will not be running 24/7; instead, they’ll be online during targeted timeframes so we can get as many people as possible playing at the same time. Why? Because that’s the best way to put all our systems to the test and see how they respond.
On any given day the game might be up for anywhere between four to eight hours. Focusing as many players as we can into these windows is our prime objective. Then we’ll fix what we need to fix and do it again and again from the start of B.E.T.A. until a few days before launch. We’ll give you as much heads up as possible because we need you to log in during these times and play the game. We’ll also keep you posted through our official @Falloutand @bethesdastudios on Twitter as well as the Bethesda.net forums and our Bethesda.net Status Page to learn when servers will be online.
The B.E.T.A. gives players access to the full game, and your save file will transfer once the game officially launches. Fallout 76 hits store shelves on November 14th.