One of Bethesda's critical learning points for Fallout 76 will come to Xbox One first, and then PS4 and PC later.
Fallout 76, Bethesda's new experimental online-only survival game, is at its core an interactive live-based experience. Like any live service-powered game it's absolutely vital that the team hold beta tests to fully understand player feedback. Fallout 76 is being tested at the studio, of course, but that's not the same: players will always find ways to break the game with crazy shenanigans the devs couldn't even imagine. No, a series of live tests is needed to prepare the world for the first-ever online Fallout game.
Oddly enough Fallout 76's beta, which requires a valid pre-order of the game, will be coming to Xbox One first. It's odd not from a marketing decision--FO76 was shown on the Xbox E3 2018 stage--but for an overall standpoint of data collection. Live games require digestion and interpretation of a lot of data across all platforms that's used to morph and balance the game with continual updates. The game's beta test is an important opportunity to collect and glean feedback from the data/player habits to ready Fallout 76 for its debut in November.
At the same time though we don't know how much of a beta lead Xbox One owners will have over other platforms. Maybe a few days? Maybe a week? Surely not more than a week... And considering Sony is staunchly against cross-play (for obvious reasons) it's possible the Xbox One and PC camp will get to play with one another so maybe that has something to do with the early roll-out.
"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," reads the FAQ post.
Fallout 76 is a pretty ambitious game insofar as its online mechanics, but gamers are still somewhat polarized. Thankfully it can and will change over time thanks to the live updates Bethesda's Austin branch will issue out on a regular basis, funded of course by optional cosmetic microtransactions.
Fallout 76 will launch on November 14, 2018 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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