Bethesda posted the intro movie from Fallout 76. It’s the first impression you have of the game when the download ends or your install is finished. They start with a lie. It’s not the only one, but I’ll get to the other one in a minute. War…war never blah blah blah. Fallout 76 is all about changes, because you are adding real people for me to shoot and nuke. Maybe, it’s Ron Perlman’s voice as a politician gives us a motivational speech that is oddly uplifting, but I am looking forward to rebuilding America after the nukes fall.
That message inspires you to leave the safe and nurturing confines of Vault 76. It’s a miraculous place built by the sacrifices of others, and here is where we find the second lie. They claim to have only accepted the best and brightest. The joke is on you good sir or madam. You let me into your home, and, odds are, I have the cannibal perk for a little pick me up when I’m feeling less than healthy. I can only hope that the morality is less restrictive in this game than the last Fallout. (Speaking of morality, did you notice those wide-eyed, soon-to-be-victims leaving the vault without any weapons? Yikes.)
The end of the trailer is really why it was released. There is new info for the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A., cleverly called the Break-It Early Test Application. If you pre-order the game, you can start playing Fallout 76 on October 30th. That is almost two weeks early, but there are some catches. It is a beta and not everything will fully work. It will also be limited to 4-8 hour blocks on those days to stress test as much as possible. Bugs, known and unknown, have been guaranteed.
According to the B.E.T.A. FAQ, Bethesda’s “current plan is for your progress to carry over once Fallout 76 officially launches on November 14”. It will be a 45GB download and constitutes the full game with the restrictions I already listed. However, if you play on a console, you will still need to download the “official launch version of the game” when it’s available on November 14th. One more thing to keep in mind is that your progress is planned (there’s that word again) to carry over to the full version, but any trophies you earn during the beta will not.
Fallout 76 is a huge game in scope and probably just huge in general. I am not sure how I feel about betas for every game, but, for what is basically an MMORPG and a Bethesda game, fixing as many problems as possible before it reaches millions of homes is a laudable goal. I wish them the best of luck, and I look forward to seeing if the wasteland is better with real people on November 14th.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.