So I decided to preorder fallout 76, I'm trying not to preorder at all these days it's of limited benefit in this fully digital distribution world and it really only benefits the publisher. The only times I do now are when you get something worth having for preordering with fallout 76 you got access to the beta. Now the beta doesn't actually run very long it's currently 4 sessions the first one xbox one exclusive and then one that was yesterday and then two this weekend. Then the game goes live on the 15th of november.
So yesterday was the first time I could get a go on the pc version, now the timing on these sessions is skewed towards east coast times so it finished at 8pm west coast time so after I'd finished at work and gotten food it was 7:30pm before I even got home that day. I'd preloaded so the client was ready to go and I just fired it up.
It had to do some presetup checking direct x unpacking the preload etc but then I logged in set it to run it found a server I watched the intro stuff then started making my character and then set it to run, got an error message.
It was now 7:55 and they had shutdown the servers.
So I got to play the character creator (which is like fallout 4's with some additional tweaks) then the beta session was over :S
Oh well maybe I can play it this weekend
My experience could have been worse tho there was a rather amusing bug which I didn't hit they had the run button in the bethesda launcher app display a countdown to the beta if you preloaded but they'd set their timezones wrong so it was 2 hours ahead and if you clicked the launch button after that timer expired it got an error message but then deleted the 50g's of preloaded data and you would have to redownload the client again before playing