Bethesda offers 'Fallout 4' free-to-play weekend on February

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Todd Howard of Bethesda Game Studios introduces the "Fallout 4" video game during game publisher Microsoft's Xbox media briefing before the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, in Los Angeles, California, United States, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Bethesda is offering a free-to-play weekend for “Fallout 4,” giving gamers the chance to visit the notorious Commonwealth without any purchases. The offer starts on February 1 and ends on February 4.

“Forget dieting, or exercise, or any number of New Year’s resolutions you might’ve made,” Bethesda’s post says. “Instead, focus on the only one that matters: having more fun.”

Xbox One players were previously granted the chance to play “Fallout 4” for free. That particular offer had ended on January 28. This weekend, it will be PC owners’ turn. The good news is that once the free-to-play weekend ends and the player decides to purchase the game, the save data will be carried over.

The free weekend also comes with several discounts on the main game and its downloadable content. PC owners get 33% off the “Fallout 4” main game, 40% off the Game of the Year edition and several DLCs, and 50% off on the Season Pass.

If you only plan to finish the entire game during the four-day free-to-play period, then good luck. “Fallout 4” is an insanely huge game with plenty of stuff to do on the side. Unless, of course, you only follow the main story quest (hint: don’t) and avoid sleeping the entire weekend (hint: never), it would take a while to reach the end credits.

In fact, Polygon writer A. E. Ross reportedly spent 453 hours playing “Fallout 4” by turning their gameplay experience into a “meditation practice,” which partly involved collecting colourful balls and constructing a pit for human bones.

“Fallout 4” is an open-world post-apocalyptic game that puts players in the shoes of the Sole Survivor, who after surviving a nuclear catastrophe must venture into the ruins of the Commonwealth to find a missing son. The game was released in 2015 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.