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Fallout 76 Beta has a bug that deletes the entire game

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Fallout 76 is a big game. It’s also a big game that’s made by Bethesda, so it’s going to have numerous bugs, glitches and otherwise unwanted issues. Bethesda even warned users to expect “spectacular” bugs, asking users to help find them during the beta process.

“Some we’re aware of, such as areas where performance needs to improve with lots of players,” Bethesda said in a note. “Others, we surely don’t. We need your help finding them, and advice on what’s important to fix. We’ll address all of it, now and after launch.”

I don’t think anyone was expecting this sort of bug. Apparently, there’s a bug in the PC beta that deletes the 50GB installation if users just happen to click any buttons on the client. Clicking any button on the launch client could have the unwanted effect of deleting the entire 50GB beta installation, necessitating redownloading and reinstalling the whole thing.

Bethesda’s and the Fallout twitter accounts are warning users not to click anything in the client until the issue is resolved. Some users, however, report that they’ve been affected just by having the client open, without clicking anything.

This is, of course, the most Bethesda bug imaginable. Anyway, the beta is running right now at pre-determined times – none of which are particularly good for South Africans. The next day for the beta is tomorrow, where the beta will be open from 8pm (CAT/SAST) to 5am. That’s 7pm – 3am for our friends in the CET time zone. It’ll be open again on Saturday night, from 10pm until 3 the next morning, with another run on Sunday from 8pm to 1am again.

Last Updated: October 31, 2018


  1. Kromas

    October 31, 2018 at 07:58

    Guess who stayed up to play the re-download game.

    Yawn. Gonna have fun at work today.

    I expected bugs with F76. I did not expect bugs with the launcher. Shame on me for thinking bethesda can build a launcher without critical bugs.

    Also you times are wrong. They extended it. Also your info is wrong. If you had the launcher open it would delete your beta.No need to actually click a button.


    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 31, 2018 at 08:18

      “Some users, however, report that they’ve been affected just by having the client open, without clicking anything.”

      Will check on the new times. 🙂


  2. Pariah

    October 31, 2018 at 08:08

    Bug or the best feature of the game? 😀


  3. For the Emperor!

    October 31, 2018 at 08:28

    Such a bug is almost beyond belief! WOW!


    • Kromas

      October 31, 2018 at 10:39

      It is worse when you are one of those thousands who actually experienced it.


  4. cloudzn

    October 31, 2018 at 09:18

    Usually Bethesda relies on pc modders to fix the 1001 bugs on the pc versions of their games, guess this time they have to sort it themselves ?


  5. PestControl

    October 31, 2018 at 13:57

    Just watched Skill Up’s beta impressions of F76… man oh man… I’m so glad I didn’t pre-order this steaming pile of poop…


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