For the past few weeks, Bethesda has been hosting its Beta (Break-It Early Test Application) time slots ahead of the launch of Fallout 76. With the testing period officially over before servers go live in the next few days, some players are running into issues when trying to remove the game from their systems ahead of launch.
According to a report on VG24/7, PC players have been running into a problem with not being able to uninstall Fallout 76 from their hard drives. The issue seems to be occurring for a number of people, as posts from both reddit and the Bethesda forums confirms the issue is not an isolated one. Any PC player trying to uninstall the game will be prompted to login to the Bethesda.net Launcher, where they'll eventually be given a message stating "You do not have access to this game." Access to the Beta was reserved for who pre-ordered the game, so those who may have received a code from someone else are the ones most likely to run into this problem.
There is speculation of the reasoning for not being allowed to remove the game is because the online servers are not live at the moment, and that once Fallout 76 launches in a couple of days, players shouldn't have any issues uninstalling it. It would appear to be a risky endeavor to delete everything though, as all character progress from the Beta will carry over to the full game, so a chance of losing everything from the Beta doesn't seem to be worth the risk.
The Beta for Fallout 76 wasn't without its share of issues, though our early preview left us impressed. A number of players had reported during the Beta time period of a bug causing the entire game to be deleted, while the litany of bug fixes and typical Fallout issues on the technical front have led to the game receiving a massive day-one patch when it releases.
Fallout 76 was revealed this past Spring, and sees Bethesda taking a different approach with the Fallout property by pulling away from its traditional single-player in return for an online, open-world survival RPG. While the company has confirmed this doesn't mark the permanent future of the franchise, Bethesda VP of Marketing Pete Hines has stated that Fallout 76 will receive continued support and updates for quite some time.
Fallout 76 launches on November 14th for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.