Most betas feature limited access to some part of a game – not so the Fallout 76 beta, because dispatching interns to put up exclusion zone flags in an irradiated wasteland probably violates worker safety policies (or whatever). Bethesda has now confirmed in a FAQ update that the scheduled beta for its dog meat dealership sim Fallout 76 will be the actual game, and not just a curated section of it, and your progress will be saved and carry over when the game launches on 14 November.
Except on Steam. Because it’s not even coming to Steam.
Bethesda has also confirmed that, for the first time in the series, Fallout 76 on PC will be available exclusively on the company’s own Bethesda.net service. Sometimes even war changes. This inevitably controversial decision will inevitably prompt complaints and petitions and cancelled pre-orders, but people will inevitably buy it anyway, so it doesn’t even matter.
The Fallout 76 beta bomb drops in October, with Xbox One first out of the Vault.