Bethesda have prolonged Fallout 76‘s pre-order beta test very slightly following a bug which deleted the client for many PC players who preloaded, making them download the whole 47GB shebang again. Bethesda are adding four extra hours to Thursday’s take a look at interval in apology, although that’s not a lot contemplating some gamers gained’t have even completed downloading it once more by Thursday. This is a beta take a look at, certain, however it’s additionally one thing gamers have paid for by pre-ordering, an incentive Bethesda have careworn in advertising and marketing. Given that Bethesda’s singleplayer RPGs have a status for bugginess, this isn’t essentially the most auspicious begin for his or her first crack at a multiplayer sandbox.
“Do not click any buttons on the client for the time being,” Bethesda tweeted final evening following the beginning of the PC beta, when many gamers reported discovering a whopping nice obtain grinding into life once more. Which defeated the entire level of preloading the beta.
Some players have reported that simply opening the consumer, with out even clicking any buttons, was sufficient to wipe it for them. Bethesda are utilizing their very own consumer for this Fallout, after years of counting on Steam.
“We know some users have been forced to redownload the #Fallout76 B.E.T.A. and not everyone will be able to enjoy the game tonight,” Bethesda mentioned in a follow-up tweet 5 hours later. “To make good, we’ll be extending the B.E.T.A. for everyone on Thursday, November 1, 2pm to 11pm ET.”
Thursday’s testing session was originally scheduled to finish at 7pm Eastern, in order that’s one other 4 hours. After such an anticlimax, it’s not a lot. And many gamers are shedding way over 4 hours of potential playtime whereas they anticipate 47GB to complete downloading. For gradual or metered connections, that’s an entire lot of knowledge.
Beta checks do exist to uncover bugs to allow them to be squished, however Fallout 76’s beta can be a advertising and marketing train. The public can solely get into the beta by pre-ordering, so it’s Bethesda’s method to tempt folks into coughing up money earlier than opinions are in. People are paying to play this. Well, to attempt to play this.
Fallout 76’s pre-order beta ends on Sunday, November 4th, then the game is because of launch on November 14th. We have some beta impressions brewing, although the intrepid pioneer we despatched in was additionally hit by the preload-deleting bug so we’ll all have to attend.