Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. gets four-hour extension following game file loss and launcher bugs

Polycount

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While it's impossible to say how well Fallout 76's full launch will go before it kicks off next month, the title's many Break It Early Test Application (B.E.T.A.) woes aren't a great sign of things to come.

Perhaps the biggest problem PC B.E.T.A. testers have faced is the inability to fully download the game. Many users found that their installations were being stopped, and even completely rolled back and deleted.

With such a limited amount of time for users to test the game -- B.E.T.A. sessions only last around 4 hours each -- players with slower internet connections missed their chance to play the game on October 30 after being forced to re-download all the files.

Bethesda understands its users' frustrations, and has decided to extend Fallout 76's PC B.E.T.A. by four hours as a result, according to PC Gamer. This testing time extension applies to Fallout 76's next B.E.T.A. session, which begins this Thursday at 11AM PT.

If you haven't already heard of Fallout 76, it's Bethesda's next big game, but with a twist: instead of being a traditional singleplayer RPG (which Bethesda has not abandoned) Fallout 76 is a multiplayer survival game with base-building mechanics and a distinct lack of human NPCs.

If that sounds like your cup of tea and you want to get in on the early B.E.T.A. testing before the game's full release on November 14, you can pre-order Fallout 76 now via Bethesda's official website for $59.99.

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Evernessince

TS Evangelist
I was watching the Beta being played yesterday. The world feels like a fallout world until you realize there are no NPCs. The quests are given through notes, robots, or terminals. They are very basic quests at that. It feels detached, half baked. Even some of the worst MMOs I've played have NPCs and voice acting. Fallout 76 has nothing. It's an empty world with no real NPCs, no real quests, and brain dead enemies for you to farm.

I'm a huge fallout fan but from what I've seen so far this game is going to tank. I'll be waiting for reviews to render a final verdict but short of them adding NPCs and real quests, there is no point in playing this game.
 
BETA used to mean you tested the game and informed about bugs so they could make the game better, now it's just part of marketing. Only thing they really test publicly is servers and still all the games seem to be broken at launch so either they don't get good data or they don't care to use it. They should give it a more fitting name like pre-launch marketing test period or something, calling finished games beta blurs the line on what is a finished product.
 

doomworm

TS Enthusiast
I, too, hope it fails quickly so we can move on to the next installment. Fallout was never meant to be Fortnite, but seeing how much money battle royal games are making I guess Beth thought they had to try to grab a piece of that action. I hope they never turn their backs on their base again.
 
The exploration will probably allow me personally to get my money out of the game but I am highly disappointed with the product. It is effectively a FO4 clone that tries to be a shooter first which is the opposite of what the series should be to many people (the game needs better mechanics to be a shooter imo). There is very little to keep me playing or returning to this game besides exploring the world. And my preloaded beta files and the file folder disappeared and had to be re-downloaded,