The Fallout 76 beta will launch only one month before the full game releases, but it seems like some lucky players will be able to get a taste of the game before then.
On his Twitter profile, Bethesda's Pete Hines confirmed that there will be some sort of smaller beta before the official one. No timeframe has been confirmed, as it will depend on what the team needs in terms of feedback and testing for the full beta.
Or just sometime before the full BETA. It could take place 5 days or three weeks before and still be in same month. Whatever the team feels it needs in terms of feedback and testing to get rdy for BETA.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) July 23, 2018
As to how to get into this early beta, it seems like players can do very little, as participants will be chosen randomly among those who will have access to the full beta.
It’d just be randomized from folks in the BETA. You don’t have to do anything. It’s how we’ve done it before.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) July 25, 2018
Earlier this week, additional details came in on the full Fallout 76 beta.
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.
Beyond that, we know you have numerous questions about the game. Things are still changing and being iterated on, so we cannot answer everything yet, but we encourage you to submit your questions. During the Fallout 76 panel at QuakeCon we’ll be answering some of your questions. If you’re in Dallas, come join us. If you’re not able to make in person, you can check out all the fun via the live stream airing on Mixer. Send questions our way by posting them here in the forums, on any of the Fallout subreddits, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Fallout 76 launches on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 14th.