You’re going to have to stay up past your bedtime to play the Fallout 76 beta

Bethesda has confirmed the schedule for the first test phase of the game’s somewhat unconventional Break-it Early Test Application – beta, it’s a beta, guys – which starts today on Xbox One. If you live on the other side of the planet, anyway. For everybody else, it’s tomorrow morning, but early tomorrow morning. Like early-you’re-going-to-need-a-sick-note tomorrow morning.

For whatever reason, the Fallout 76 beta won’t be available 24/7, and instead the Xbox One test phase goes live from 01:00 – 05:00 local time, Wednesday 24 October. Beta access is also limited to pre-order customers, and it’s almost like Bethesda doesn’t even want you to play. Almost, but no. But also no promises about the thing working properly, apparently.

According to the game’s FAQ, though, the beta will be up for between four to eight hours per day, so maybe more convenient local times are also included in the schedule.

“Focusing as many players as we can into these windows is our prime objective,” the studio explains. “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.”

The PC and PS4 beta launches next week, 30 October, and the game’s out on 14 November.


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