Tuesday 20 August 2019

Fallout 4 Patches to Arrive on PC Before Console

Fallout 4
Fallout 4


Patches for Bethesda's well-received action RPG, Fallout 4, are set to make their PC bow before hitting consoles

If you're even moderately versed in the world of video gaming, you'll no doubt be aware that Bethesda has something of a reputation for shipping bug-riddled - and deservedly so - but it's a mark of the company's quality output that gamers not only put up with the foibles of its newly released titles but, in some cases, welcome them with open arms.

The launch of Fallout 4 ealier this month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC stuck to that tried and (un)tested approach, with an abundance of quirks, as well as some potentially game-breaking issues, present in the shipped version. While that's rarely a good thing, Bethesda has been known to buy itself a little favour from gamers by virtue of the fact that it's never been shy, or slow, about releasing patches and updates for its titles, and Fallout 4 owners can expect plenty of fixes in the weeks and months ahead - but PC players will be getting their mitts on the goodies first.

In a post on its official blog, Bethesda confirmed the details of its update process, saying:

"It's true that the freedom our games offer you can lead to unintentional consequences that are sometimes bad, when the game combines too many unexpected elements at once. Given the scale and complexity of the systems at work, especially when allowing you to build your own settlements, we're happy that Fallout 4 is our most robust and solid release ever, and we'd like to thank our amazing QA staff who worked as hard as anyone to break the game so we could fix it during development."

"Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles. This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster. e]xpect to see more updates, that are smaller and more frequent, than a few big ones. This allows us to make sure each fix is working right, as any change can have unintentional side effects in a game this huge."

The good news is that PC players won't have long to wait for their first fix, with a patch scheduled for release next week. As for when that'll make it to consoles, we'll just have to wait and see...

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