Bethesda are running almost back to back events in Fallout 76. The free week event is set to expire on 17 June 2019 and the double experience one kicks off a few days later, on 20th. It's almost as if they want the new players to stay.
Fallout 76 player count is a fairly tightly kept secret but the announcements of a free week event, followed by a sale, followed by a double experience weekend suggest that Bethesda wants to reinforce the player numbers.
The free week event is still running and it will conclude on Monday, 17 June 2019. It is accompanied by a 50 per cent off sale on Bethesda.net which will conclude at the same time, which is nothing unusual - that's how most free week and weekend promotions attempt to keep the new players that came with the temporary freebie.
However, Bethesda are pushing a bit stronger with a double experience weekend that will kick off on Friday, 20 June 2019 and will wrap up on Monday, 24 June 2019.
Todd Howard's live service Fallout may have 50 per cent off but many gamers feel the updates that supposedly fixed the game as well as attempts to get more players in are way past their last chance.
Furthermore, the 50 per cent discount doesn't sound all that intriguing if you remember that German shops literally gave Fallout 76 away when customers purchased used controllers since the stores apparently couldn't get the game out of stock otherwise.
Fans claim Fallout 76 has been fixed through numerous updates since launch and human NPCs are on the way, which could potentially breathe some life into an otherwise barren Appalachia.
Then again, it is an online game and choices you make with those NPCs will hardly matter since it's not a dedicated world that changes based on a single player's decisions but rather a shared one that gets refreshed quite often.
Before the NPCs though, Bethesda rolled out a 52-player battle royale that wasn't received as well as the NPC announcement.