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Fallout 76 is getting a free weekend and a Halloween do-over in December

If you wanted to give Fallout 76 a try, this is your chance

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Starting on Dec. 12, people who don’t own Fallout 76 will be able to play the game for free until Dec. 16. For those that do own Fallout 76, they’ll soon be able to score double XP and a chance to score some holiday-themed loot, both Christmas-y stuff and Halloween stuff.

Next weekend’s free trial for Fallout 76 will arrive shortly after Update 16 for the online multiplayer Fallout game. Update 16 is currently set for release on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Bethesda says, which will bring about map voting for the battle royale-style Nuclear Winter mode and new privacy settings for private worlds.

Fallout 76 will get into the holiday spirit starting Dec. 12 with Holiday Scorched enemies, who will wear Santa gear and drop presents of varying desirability. Players can also score a free Santatron from the game’s Atomic Shop. Santatron will roam the area near your CAMP to collect treats for you, like candy, toys, and coal.

Players will also have nearly a month’s worth of holiday events to take part in, including a makeup week for a Halloween event that ended earlier than expected. Here are the dates for those events, during which players can score cosmetic goodies:

“Nightmare Preceding Christmas” (Formerly “Halloween”) Challenge Details:

  • Start Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • End Date: Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Christmas Challenge Details:

  • Start Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET
  • End Date: Monday, Jan. 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Console players will need to have an active Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription in order to play the free trial. The trial won’t include any Wastelanders content, but the base game will be free throughout the trial period. Any progress made during the free trial will move over to the full game, if you decide to purchase it, as long as you’re using the same account.

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