Fallout 76 beta testers ran into some problems in the afternoon when B.E.T.A test countdown meter expired two hours early. The Betesda launch was launched at 4 o'clock in the Pacific, but PC Gamer reported that the launch came down at 2pm instead causing more problems for those trying to play. A partial system outbreak caused some chaos with BethesdaNet forums and forced many players to download nearly 48GB Fallout 76 beta code just before the last test was going live.
According to PC Gamer, the author of the article, Chris Livingston, noticed that the timer should expire two hours early and tried reaching Bethesda on Twitter. "I've been here today watching the Bethesda launcher's Fallout 76 beta-timer run down and know it would be two hours early and wonder why. Everything Bethesda has released said that the PC beta should start at the time 4, Pacific, but the timer was two hours ahead, and clicking it showed at 14.00. I even tried (not so helpfully) pointing this to Bethesda on Twitter. "
When the timer expired, the release told Livingston that his copy of Fallout 76 was unlocked and displayed a "preloaded" button that he clicked on. However, after clicking the preload button, it tried to download the preload again, so Livingston tried to reload the launch, which caused an error message that appeared when trying to log in again. After finally accessing his account, his game library was completely empty.
Bethesda answered the question on Twitter saying that they were aware of the problem with the client and were investigated. Meanwhile, they encouraged users to "do not click any buttons on the client for the time being."
This quickly became a problem with more beta users who did not notice Bethesda's notice, or ignored it completely and ended up losing the whole game's prelude and was forced to download it again.
An update later this evening said that if someone actively downloads the beta or has a "visible line of progress", they should let the download complete.
Although there were more annoying players who were forced to download the almost 50 GB game, many were understanding and grateful for the beta, no matter when it gave Bethesda the opportunity to catch the problem before the official 14th of November launch.
There are also plans for beta sessions on November 1st, November 3rd and November 4th.