Bethesda have revealed the dates for the Fallout 76 beta which is only available to those who have pre-ordered the game. Xbox One owners get in to the action on October 23rd and PC and PlayStation 4 owners join a week later on October 30th.
That means the beta will be running just two weeks before launch on PS4 and PC, which doesn’t seem much time to fix bugs, but what do I know. However, there’s a little snag, here’s some text from the FAQ.
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 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.
Just four hours a day with as many as players as possible seems to suggest that the beta might only be running it’s evenings in North America, or stupid-o-clock in the morning for us here in Britain and Europe. I asked Bethesda’s Peter Hines if he could give clarify the details.
i've talked about this to the team a fair amount and it will be mixed as we want/need everyone, not just one territory. but don't assume only evenings in N.A. don't assume only 4 hours. etc.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 27, 2018
So there you go, it does sound like the beta will be playable at a decent hour at some points in it’s duration, just don’t expect to be able to log in to it every evening, no matter where in the world you are.