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Do not click any buttons: Bug in Fallout 76 beta nukes the entire game from your hard drive

A bug in the Fallout 76 beta launcher would cause the game to delete itself. After instructing gamers to "not click any buttons," Bethesda admitted the bug and instructed affected players to re-download the 50 GB title. In an effort to make good with its playerbase, Bethesda extended the beta to include this Thursday, November 1, from 2 PM to 11 PM.

Wondering why the Fallout 76 beta was extended this week? It has something to do with a little bug that caused the game to completely delete itself.

Gamers that signed up for the Fallout 76 beta on PC last night were surprised to find the game they had just waited a long time to download and play was deleting itself. A bug in the game’s launcher would cause all game files to irrevocably eradicate themselves from the user’s hard drive.

Bethesda was quick to notice the bug, taking to Twitter to warn players to “not click any buttons on the client for the time being.” Most gamers were fine and saw the warning before sending the game to the losing side of World War III, but a significant portion of beta participants were left with little choice but to re-download the game. All 50 GB of it.

This obviously presented a problem for gamers on metered, slow, or otherwise restricted internet connections. As a bit of recompense, Bethesda announced today that the beta for Fallout 76 would be extended to include November 1 from 2 PM to 11 PM. The bug embedded in the launcher should be fixed, so everything should be good to go for beta testers this Thursday.

That’s one heck of a way to kick off a post-apocalyptic game.

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Sam Medley, 2018-11- 1 (Update: 2018-11- 1)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.