Fallout 76's much anticipated beta will be taking place in October.

Community administrator 'Jurassica' confirmed the timeframe and explained the selection process today on the Bethesda Forums.

The 'Break-it Early Test Application' will kick off in the month before 76's November 14 release, but not everyone will have access from day one.

"We'll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game," Jurassica noted, but confirmed that everyone who has pre-ordered through participating retailers will gain access to the beta (I'm not typing that acronym out again).

Access will "start small and grow over time," which shouldn't be a surprise given this is the first online title developed internally by Bethesda Softworks.

Those looking for a leg-up in the selection process should note that the beta will be launching first on Xbox One, although no specific dates have been confirmed, and no indication given for how big a wait other platforms should expect.

Set centuries before the events of Fallout 4, 76 will introduce a number of new mechanics to the series, including player-initiated nuclear strikes and an always-online requirement allowing for the game's multiplayer focus.

Further details for Fallout 76 will be revealed at QuakeCon next month.

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