Fallout 76 is finally getting a public test server

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Back in July, Patch 11 hit Fallout 76 like a super sledge, breaking many of the things it was intended to fix. Players demanded a test server to prevent it from happening again, as seen in threads like this one on Bethesda's official Fallout 76 forum. And now those players are getting their wish.

Tucked away in the latest update on Bethesda's blog, where they note that perk loadouts and a legendary system are coming to Fallout 76 next year, is the following:

"A Public Test Server (PTS) is currently in the works with the hope to get it up and running in 2020. Once we’ve figured out all (or most of) the kinks, we will be able to provide more details on our PTS and how you can participate."

Hopefully a public test server would prevent repeats of issues like players' rare power armor pieces going missing, and legendary items failing to drop after legendary enemies are destroyed.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.