Bethesda has some big projects lined up for the coming years, with Fallout 76 the next major scheduled release.
The game will look to expand on the premise of Fallout 4, by adding a new multiplayer environment to explore.
This will be the first for the franchise and something that caught the fanbase a little off guard.
The good news is that the new Fallout 76 beta will give fans a chance of trying the game before it launches in November.
The bad news is that we haven’t been told about an open-beta, meaning if you want to play the game early, you have to pre-order it.
The official beta release date has been confirmed for October 2018. However, Bethesda is also planning at least one smaller test session before the main event.
The studio’s VP, Pete Hines, confirmed as much on Twitter, revealing that players would be picked at random for the small testing period.
Answering questions on the subject, Hines replied: “Just sometime before the full BETA. It could take place 5 days or three weeks before and still be in the same month.
“Whatever the team feels it needs in terms of feedback and testing to get ready for BETA.”
Hines added: “It’d just be randomized from folks in the BETA. You don’t have to do anything. It’s how we’ve done it before.”
Bethesda says they will probably share more about Fallout 76 during Quakecon, which is scheduled for August 2018.
That doesn’t mean everything will be confirmed during the panel, only that some more news is likely to be shared.
Here’s the full post from Bethesda, which reads: “Hi everyone, Popping in to say that it’s been very fun seeing everyone’s discussion on Fallout 76 and what your hopes and thoughts are about the game.
“I and members of the studio regularly lurk, and it’s been great to read through your questions and feedback.
“With that in mind, we know you’re anxious to learn more about the game and more specifically, about the B.E.T.A.
“Starting in October we’ll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our B.E.T.A. We’ll start small and grow over time as we prepare for launch.
“Be sure you’ve read our F.A.Q., for details on how to redeem your B.E.T.A. code and other important details.
“Beyond that, we know you have numerous questions about the game. Things are still changing and being iterated on, so we cannot answer everything yet, but we encourage you to submit your questions.
“During the Fallout 76 panel at QuakeCon we’ll be answering some of your questions. If you’re in Dallas, come join us. If you’re not able to make in person, you can check out all the fun via the live stream airing on Mixer.
“Thank you again for all your patience, discussion, feedback, and thoughts as we get closer to the launch of Fallout 76.”
It should be noted that in an earlier FAQ post on the Bethesda website, the company confirmed that the beta would start on Xbox One.
“The B.E.T.A. will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC (via Bethesda.net). Stay tuned for exact timing for each platform here and @Fallout on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“Please note that the B.E.T.A. for Xbox One will begin first, followed by other platforms.”
So it stands to reason that the first gamers to get access will come from the Microsoft console.
Bethesda has revealed more about the Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield release dates.
But it’s bad news for fans, because according to Bethesda’s Todd Howard, it’s going to be a long time before we see these games.
“Everyone should be very patient,” Howard told The Guardian. “It’s gonna take a while for what we have in mind to come out.”
Howard also revealed more about Starfield’s development cycle, revealing that the game entered active development after Fallout 4.
“We’ve been talking about it for a decade,” he said of Starfield.
“We started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years.”
Howard’s comments suggest that Starfield will launch before Elder Scrolls, although it’s thought both games will launch on the next-gen of consoles.