With Bethesda having declared several months ago that Fallout 4 is its most successful game to date, it looks as if the publisher and developer are keen on giving the slim few fans who haven’t explored the post-apocalyptic RPG’s Wastelands a chance to try it out for free this weekend on PC and Xbox One. Starting on May 25, 2017 and lasting through May 28, 2017, Xbox Live Gold Members and Steam users will be able to play all of the title’s base content and can try out mods at no cost for the first time ever.
As seen below in the brief video from Bethesda Softworks’ YouTube channel, the studio has compiled pieces of gameplay footage alongside snippets of critical reception to remind fans of the plethora of positive reviews given to the game when it launched back in 2015. While this might be incentive for some to give Fallout 4 a go this weekend, the biggest motivation to try the title during its free period starting tomorrow is surely the fact that it won’t cost a dime during the designated play period.
Although PC and Xbox One players are being given preferable treatment over PlayStation 4 fans with Fallout 4 only being free this weekend for the former two platforms, Bethesda isn’t leaving owners of Sony’s console completely out in the cold. As it so happens, once the free period begins tomorrow, the PlayStation Store, Steam, and Xbox Live will all offer savings for the action-RPG’s base game and Season Pass, with discounts up to 67% off.
With E3 2017 just around the corner, it’s a safe bet to make that one reason Bethesda is allowing Fallout 4 to be played for free this weekend is to act as a primer for its reveal of the VR version of the game during its press conference at the event next month. The studio has been consistently talking up the sheer potency of the virtual reality iteration for quite some time, so with any luck, it won’t just be lip service, and will actually end up being truly revolutionary.
Fallout 4 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.