Back in July, Patch 11 hit Fallout 76 like a super sledge (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). And now those players are getting their wish.
Tucked away in the latest update (opens in new tab) on Bethesda's blog, where they note that perk loadouts and a legendary system (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), and legendary items failing to drop (opens in new tab) after legendary enemies are destroyed.