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The Public Test Server (PTS) is a feature in Fallout 76 that allows users to test upcoming content for the game. It was first introduced for the Wastelanders update as a Private Test Server, though subsequent updates have been fully public.

The Public Test Server is exclusive to PC players, who are encouraged to report issues encountered during testing so that they may be patched before the content's official release.


Version history[]

PTS version Tested update Release date Ref.
v0.2.405.6 The Legendary Run May 31, 2020
v0.2.413.6 June 9, 2020
v0.2.418.5 June 13, 2020
v1.3.2.5 June 18, 2020
v0.2.440.2 One Wasteland For All July 13, 2020
v1.3.3.2 July 19, 2020
v0.2.476.2 August 17, 2020
v1.4.0.9 August 27, 2020
v1.4.0.12 August 28, 2020
v0.2.517.6 Steel Dawn October 5, 2020
v0.2.526.6 October 19, 2020
v0.2.530.11 October 20, 2020
v1.5.0.7 October 30, 2020
v1.5.0.11 November 4, 2020
v1.5.0.15 November 13, 2020
v1.5.1.16 Inventory Update January 10, 2021
v1.5.1.20 January 13, 2021
v0.2.626.7 Locked & Loaded March 12, 2021 [1]
v0.2.632.2 March 17, 2021 [2]
v1.5.2.7 March 24, 2021 [3]
v1.5.2.14 March 31, 2021 [4]
v1.5.2.20 April 7, 2021
v1.5.2.29 April 14, 2021
v0.2.675.0 Steel Reign May 14, 2021 [5]
v0.2.681.0 May 21, 2021
v0.2.686.0 May 28, 2021
v0.2.693.0 June 4, 2021
v1.5.4.5 June 11, 2021
v0.2.730.0 Fallout Worlds July 21, 2021
v0.2.740.0 August 1, 2021
v0.2.746.0 August 7, 2021
v1.6.0.12 August 23, 2021
v0.2.782.0 Night of the Moth October 2, 2021
v0.2.788.0 October 9, 2021
v0.2.793.0 October 16, 2021
v0.2.800.0 October 23, 2021
v0.2.804.0 October 30, 2021
v1.6.2.5 November 6, 2021
v0.2.838.0 Invaders from Beyond January 15, 2022
v0.2.846.0 January 22, 2022
v0.2.851.0 February 2, 2022
v1.6.4.5 February 12, 2022
v0.2.892.0 Test Your Metal March 18, 2022
v0.2.898.0 March 25, 2022
v0.2.904.0 April 1, 2022
v0.2.910.0 April 8, 2022
v0.2.916.0 April 15, 2022
v0.1.1070.0 Expeditions: The Pitt May 11, 2022
v0.1.1085.0 June 2, 2022
v0.1.1105.0 June 25, 2022
v0.1.1108.0 July 2, 2022
v0.2.981.0 July 22, 2022
v1.7.0.10 August 23, 2022
v0.2.1043.0 Nuka-World on Tour October 13, 2022 [6]
v0.2.1054.0 October 27, 2022
v1.7.2.2 November 10, 2022
v1.7.2.6 November 17, 2022
v1.7.2.8 November 18, 2022
v0.1.1271.0 Mutation Invasion December 21, 2022 [7]
v0.2.1125.0 January 25, 2023 [7]
v1.7.3.9 February 9, 2023 N/A
v1.7.3.12 February 14, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1169.0 March 23, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1189.0 Once in a Blue Moon April 21, 2023 [8]
v0.2.1192.0 April 26, 2023 [8]
v0.2.1195.0 May 1, 2023 [9]
v0.2.1203.0 May 8, 2023 N/A
v1.7.4.15 May 26, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1247.0 June 30, 2023 [10][11]
v0.2.1260.0 July 14, 2023 [12]
v0.2.1264.0 July 20, 2023 [12]
v0.2.1312.0 Expeditions: Atlantic City
Boardwalk Paradise
September 28, 2023 [13]
v0.2.1314.0 October 2, 2023 [13]
v0.2.1315.0 October 3, 2023 [14]
v0.2.1319.0 October 5, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1325.0 October 12, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1326.0 October 13, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1343.0 November 3, 2023 [15]
v1.7.8.7 November 29, 2023 N/A
v0.2.1403.1 Expeditions: Atlantic City
America's Playground
January 26, 2024 [16]
v0.2.1413.0 February 9, 2024 [17]
v0.2.1421.0 February 16, 2024 [18]
v0.2.1427.0 February 23, 2024 [19]
v0.2.1465.0 Skyline Valley April 18, 2024 [20]
v0.2.1472.0 April 26, 2024 [21]
v0.2.1478.0 May 2, 2024 N/A
v0.2.1479.0 May 3, 2024 N/A
v0.2.1484.0 May 9, 2024 [22]
v0.2.1485.0 May 10, 2024 N/A
v0.2.1490.0 May 16, 2024 [23]
v1.7.12.13 May 24, 2024 N/A
v0.2.1530.0 Milepost Zero July 5, 2024 [24]


Because content from the PTS is subject to change, articles concerning PTS content that has not yet been added to the official game should be tagged as upcoming. Once the content is officially released, the tag can be removed.

Although the Public Test Server can be freely datamined and reported on, any content from a Private Test Server that involves the signing of an non-disclosure agreement (NDA) should not be added to the wiki for legal reasons. If content from a Private Test Server remains unchanged when it is officially added to the game, then there is no issue, though any changes made during the Private Test Server's run should not be recorded, as it falls under NDA.


  • Bethesda has internally discussed bringing the PTS to consoles, though the difficulty of maintaining several PTS builds of the game for consoles, on top of the official version of the game, has made it unviable.[citation needed]
  • In an attempt to encourage participation in playtesting, Bethesda offers an incentive in the way of a PTS pennant reward that one can display at their C.A.M.P. in the live game. The user must fulfill a certain number of activities to receive the reward, such as participating for a certain number of days, completing multiplayer Daily Ops sessions, or filling a certain percentage of their shelter budget.[25] Framed and unframed versions of a PTS pennant for both Vault Boy and Vault Girl are offered for completing the requirements. The Vault Boy pennant was offered during the testing of One Wasteland For All, while Vault Girl was offered during testing of Steel Dawn. A pennant of Grahm was offered during the testing of Locked & Loaded.

Behind the scenes[]

Jeff Gardiner and Mark Tucker referred to the Public Test Server as the "turning point" for Fallout 76, as it allowed developers to track player performance, crashes, and other issues that could not be as easily diagnosed without the use of larger player populations, acting in ways that the Quality Assurance testers could not find, ultimately allowing the team to address and fix critical bugs that would have not been found without it.[26]


I understand how it can be frustrating to give feedback and not see it implemented into the game. Each post on the PTS is read and recorded, while I don't have the time each day to respond to every single post I read I do try to acknowledge as many as I can. The devs see this feedback and consider it, but there are many reasons why sometimes some feedback is implemented and others are not. There have been a lot of suggestions from the community that made it into the game. When suggestions are initially brought in, I can't confirm or deny that they will make it into the game because they first need to be investigated and determined if they're able to implement that into their current schedule. Some suggestions don't make it into the next update but rather a later one.

I hope that clears some things up for you all, and you know your posts are not being ignored.
Devann McCarthy, Community Manager[27]



  1. New Features in the PTS (March 12, 2021)
  2. PTS Maintenance & Patch Notes (March 17, 2021)
  3. PTS Maintenance & Patch Notes (March 24, 2021)
  4. PTS Maintenance and Patch Notes March 31, 2021
  5. New Features in the PTS (May 14, 2021)
  6. Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Nuka-World is Coming to the PTS
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fallout 76: Mutation Invasion PTS Highlights and Update Log
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Experience Once in a Blue Moon Early and Celebrate The Mothman Equinox! (April Version)
  9. Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Experience Once in a Blue Moon Early and Celebrate The Mothman Equinox! (May Version)
  10. Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Upcoming PTS and Invaders from Beyond Returns!
  11. Fallout 76: July 2023 PTS Update and Highlights Notes
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fallout 76: July 2023 PTS Update and Highlights Notes
  13. 13.0 13.1 Fallout 76 Inside the Vault - Playtest Atlantic City Early!
  14. Fallout 76: Atlantic City PTS Update and Highlights Notes (October 2023, archived)
  15. Fallout 76: Atlantic City PTS Update and Highlights Notes (November 2023, archived)
  16. Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Upcoming Maintenace, Atlantic City PTS and Burning Love!
  17. Fallout 76: PTS Update Notes - February 9, 2024
  18. Update - February 16, 2024
  19. Update - February 23, 2024
  20. Fallout 76: Inside the Vault - Skyline Valley PTS Part 1
  21. Fallout 76: PTS Update Notes - April 26, 2024
  22. Fallout 76: PTS Update Notes - May 9, 2024
  23. Fallout 76: Skyline Valley PTS Update Notes - May 16, 2024
  24. Inside the Vault - Milepost Zero Public Test Server
  25. Inside the Vault August 2020
  26. 'Fallout 76: Steel Reign'—Bethesda Says Please Give Game a Chance After Hard Lessons: "On a related note, Gardiner points to the introduction of a Public Test Server (PTS) as the real turning point for Fallout 76. For context, this is essentially an environment that allows gamers to preview updates and new content prior to it being added to the game's live server. It is a bit like early access, in the sense that it allows the development team to collate feedback and tweak updates before they are rolled out to the general public.

    Speaking about the impact of the PTS, Gardiner said: "If I had to point to a single thing that was a sea change for us, outside of the
    Wastelanders expansion, it was actually the PTS server. We [used it] to track performance, crashes and other issues that are easier for us to find if we are stress testing with larger populations [doing] things that our own QA testers can't do in 8-hour sessions."

    Tucker agreed with this point, adding: "Once you have more people playing the game, you're going to see more things cropping up. And that has enabled us to address some pretty critical bugs that we may not have caught [otherwise].""
  27. [Feedback] What's the point of giving feedback if it's going to be ignored?