Hines apologizes for issues while noting that this is “in fact the whole point of doing this beta”.
In a recent stream, Bethesda SVP of marketing Pete Hines talked about issues that Fallout 76 players were facing on PC. He admitted that it was “Not particularly fine” for PC players and apologized to those affected by issues. Hines also wanted to remind players that this wasn’t “going to be the last bump on the road”.
“We definitely knew we were going to have issues and bumps. That was the whole point of it, is to try to find those things and flesh them out, but at the same time also give people a chance to experience the game and see it. And so, we’ve hit some problems that we quite honestly didn’t expect,” said Hines. This lines up with previous comments by Bethesda prior to the beta where it said “spectacular issues that none of us have encountered”.
The main issue that hit PC players was the Bethesda Launcher deleting all downloaded beta files. As a result, many players – who would have had limited time with the beta – didn’t get to experience it fully. That’s besides having to redownload so much data again. Today’s upcoming beta will be extended by an additional four hours as a result, running from 11 AM to 8 AM PT.
Hines further stated that, “Apologies to anyone who had to download that stuff. But, you know, I’m here to tell you: it’s not going to be the last bump on the road. And hopefully we continue to smooth those out, but that is in fact the whole point of doing this beta, is to find those things and see if we can’t resolve them, while also letting people just have fun and enjoy the game.”
Fallout 76 is currently slated to release on November 14th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Beta dates have been confirmed up till November 4th and it remains to be seen whether there will be more before the official launch.