Speaking in a recent live stream, Bethesda's Pete Hines reflected on how Fallout 76's beta was coming along, initially saying that it's fine before correcting himself by saying that's what betas are for. For erasing your data, sure.
Fallout 76's beta, or Break-it Early Test Application as Bethesda call it, indeed broke and it broke early. Other things that didn't break - you sort of wish they did because there are moments when we honestly wonder whether the company even had a game back when Fallout 76 was announced? No, Fallout 4 doesn't count.
Anyway, you probably heard about the bug that could possibly rid you of your 50GB installation and grant you the privilege of downloading it all over again . Pete Hines is too, although he seems to consider freezing of Bethesda's installer to fall into the "fine" category.
He quickly went back to reality and said, "And so, we've hit some problems that we quite honestly didn't expect", before apologising to anyone who had to download the installation all over again. He pointed out that Fallout 76's beta was meant to do just that - help the company find and polish those bugs, while "letting people just have fun and enjoy the game."
Speaking of "fun" and enjoying the game, those who had no issues while installing aren't terribly enthusiastic over Fallout 4 v76.0 either. The game seems a terribly empty and lifeless space, even more than the franchise's creative liberties should allow and we're already smelling a delay or two in the air.
Fallout 76's graphics is laughable at times and Todd Howard's words of it sporting 16 times the detail of its predecessor is starting to burn a bit. I mean, which predecessor are we talking about here, Fallout 3?
Well, look at it from the bright side, Fallout 76 falling flat on its face may mean Bethesda will step up their efforts on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI.
You can find the stream in question here, with Hines' part somewhere around the 15-minute mark.