Even though Fallout 76 has had its fair share of controversies — like its subscription service — Bethesda is still looking to innovate with the game. In a new blog post that went up this morning, the Fallout team revealed that it’s working on getting its Wastelanders update out to the public. In fact, it’s looking to start a closed playtest this week, asking for players to jump in and try it out.
What is Wastelanders all about?
Those that have a PC (You probably do, if you’re at PC Invasion.) can sign up to try out the new content on a PTS, or a Private Test Server. Those selected to take part will get Wastelanders up and running and “hunt for bugs that (the developers) can squash” in the process.
The Fallout 76 Wastelanders playtesting will kick off on January 17, when “a few hundred” will join in once it goes live. They’ll be able to share any feedback with Bethesda, which they can then turn around into improvements for release. When that will be is unclear.
More details on the Wastelanders Private Test are available at Bethesda, along with the signup page. You have until January 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT to sign up, which leaves you pretty much a day to do so.
The Fallout 76 team does make note of a few things to keep in mind with the playtest. First, you’ll need to sign a non-disclosure agreement and not talk about its contents. Also, it’s PC-only, so console owners need not apply. The Private Test Server is of course separate from Public Test Servers. Once the playtesting is completed, you won’t be able to access it.
A release date for Wastelanders isn’t available yet, but it’ll likely be available later this year. It already experienced a delay once last year. Fallout 76 is available now.