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Starting today, you can sign up for Fallout 76: Wastelanders’ beta

Prepare your inbox for a lot of emails from Bethesda

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Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Fallout 76’s new Wastelanders update is nearly here — or the beta is at least. On Bethesda’s website, players can now create a Bethesda account and register for the Wastelanders Private Test Server. Players have until Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. ET to apply.

To sign up for the Wastelanders beta, you need to create a Bethesda account. Then you need to hit the register button on the registration site. Note the company requires you to sign up for marketing emails before you can register properly.

Once your preferences are correct, you’ll get a notification that you’re signed up. This doesn’t mean you’re in. You’ll need to watch your email’s inbox for an official invite — which isn’t guaranteed. Bethesda is currently only looking for a few hundred people. If you get selected, you’ll also need to sign a non-disclosure agreement, and won’t be able to stream or talk about the game publicly.

The Wastelanders expansion helps turn Fallout 76 into a more traditional Fallout experience. The update adds human NPC characters that can offer new missions for you to go on, and offer rewards. And if you just feel like chatting, NPCs can do that as well with new dialogue trees.

This new Private Test Server update comes a few months after Bethesda delayed the expansion into the first quarter of 2020. Wastelanders is free for all 76 players, and seems designed for those who felt burned after purchasing 76 in late 2018. The expansion was originally announced at E3 2019.

We currently have no release date for when the full version of Wastelanders will be released to all players.