Bethesda has released a statement to deal with the developer community just before the launch of the first Fallout 76 beta. This first beta comes to Xbox One on October 23 at 4:00 PM PT / 7 PM ET and ends four hours later.
In the statement, Bethesda just illustrates how different Fallout 76 is from previous games in the franchise. The developer cites the inspiration for Fallout 76 from wanting to try something new after feeling like all previous Bethesda games had “similar DNA”. That is, Bethesda does not want to alienate the fan base that it spent the building over the years. “Our worlds, whether it’s Fallout, Older Scrolls or the upcoming Starfield, are important places for us,” wrote Bethesda. “We do everything we can to treat them with care. We know they mean just as much for you.”
Bethesda also acknowledged that it is handling Fallout 76 a little bit different from previous Fallout titles. Before the company said that its employees take a short break after a game has been released. With Fallout 76, Bethesda looks at the game launch as if it were the starting line. “Considering what we do with 76, we know that we are all opening up to all the new spectacular issues that none of us have encountered,” wrote Bethesda. “Some we are aware of, for example, areas where performance has to be improved with many players.”
Although the first beta is exclusive to Xbox One, Bethesda follows up with another beta for PS4 and PC on October 30th. Although beta periods are only a few hours, everyone will offer the entire Fallout 76 experience. You can only participate in beta by pre-ordering Fallout 76.
Fallout 76 will be released on November 1
4th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.