Wednesday 21 August 2019

Fallout 4's first patch will arrive on PC next week

Fallout 4
Fallout 4

Emma Clark

Bethesda is to roll out a beta patch for Fallout 4 on Steam next week, which will be followed up by a full release and a console patch.

Bethesda is to roll out the first patch for Fallout 4 next week. The beta patch will be released on Steam first, followed by a full release on PC. Consoles will follow shortly thereafter.

The Fallout 4 developer explained that it has had success with this method in the past and it means that fixes can be released quicker. "Expect 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," it added.

Open world games can produce some unexpected situations and outcomes. But Bethesda was pleased to say that Fallout 4 is "our most robust and solid release ever." It did note that "a hundred testers will never replicate the many millions playing the game now," so it's working on fixing the top issues.

Bethesda didn't outline what issues it is taking a look at first. But don't expect the game to suddenly offer signposts.

"We know the game throws a lot on you at once, so take your time. There are many moments of 'How does this work? What do I do to survive?' and that's how your character should be feeling as well. Those that push through should be able to look back at who they were when they stepped out of the Vault and say, 'I made it. I understand this world now and it's mine.'"

That lack of hand-holding is apparently part-and-parcel of the Fallout 4 experience.

Fallout 4 is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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