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Bethesda Thanks Fans, Talks Updates For 'Fallout 4'

More than a week after the release of Fallout 4, Bethesda Game Studios took the time to thank its fans for their continued support, and for the amount of game content shared on social media. The small celebration also brought up the subject of the development team's continuous updates to the game.

Past games from the team, most recently Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, had numerous bugs throughout the game, and Fallout 4 is no different. From an enemy rolling their head through their body to an exploit that gives you infinite money, the latest journey into the nuclear wasteland has some hiccups.

The team is already hard at work to fix the many problems and will follow the same method of releasing patches from past games. This means releasing the fixes on Steam for PC users first, followed by a patch for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. However, the frequency of the updates will rise, as they will come in smaller batches instead of releasing two or three big fixes. According to the developers, this allows them to ensure that the fixes are working properly before the next update, as each one could alter the game's state. The first of these frequent patches comes out next week, although it's still in its beta stages. After that, Bethesda is bound to release patch notes on a regular basis.

Game updates are the first phase of Bethesda's post-launch plans for Fallout 4. Early next year, the developers are providing their Creation Kit to PC players who want to create mods for the game (that hasn't stopped players from making some early mods for the game, which are available now).

Obviously this won't be available for Xbox One and PS4 users, but the mods can be shared on the two consoles. The last part of the plan comes in the form of additional content. Bethesda has stayed quiet about the game's upcoming DLC plans, but we should be getting more details about it soon as the first wave of new gameplay content could come out sometime in the early months of 2016.

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  • jasonelmore
    Wish we had at least a release "month" on the Season Pass if they are going to continue to sell preorders for it
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  • xapoc
    As a Fallout fan that owns all the series, this is the one I will holdout on for sometime.
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  • Dave K
    My son has been playing rabidly since the midnight release... I'm holding out until I finally wrap up Witcher 3 which I got a late start at and am now completely sucked into (what a fantastic title). At the moment it's hard for me to see Fallout 4 standing up to Witcher as the best title of the year... but based on my kid's experience I'm sure F4 will be a compelling (if not quite up to the same graphics standards) followup to the Witcher game.
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  • canadianvice
    As a Fallout fan that owns all the series, this is the one I will holdout on for sometime.
    My brother has it, and while the game isn't terrible (he's hardcore into Fallout too) it dumbs down a lot of the mechanics, scraps others, and from an RPG perspective is apparently kind of lacklustre compared to the rest of the series. I'd wait for a GOTY if his experience is anything to go by.
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  • jjb8675309
    What about performance fixes for the inherent microstutter and frame-time latency that occurs (minimally) throughout the wastelands
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  • WildCard999
    I've been playing Fallout 4 since release and have been a huge fan of the previous games and I must say to any Fallout fan, hold off for now. This game is fun but is much more linear then previous games which I feel kind of destroy the RPG part of this game. I loved in Fallout 3/NV how you could be good/evil or something in the middle and with this game it really loses that ability, the choices you make don't really have any impact like in previous games (nuke Megaton anyone?). Don't get me wrong though as this is a fun game, just not at the current price.
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  • jjb8675309
    ^Thats a good point and I am puzzled as to why the karma system is gone. Having said that this game is (imho) too fun to not play.
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  • fatboytyler
    They simply phased it from a true RPG to a hybrid RPG-Shooter style. Gun play is a thousand times better than any other in the series, BUT they certainly dumbed down a lot of the RPG elements. On topic though, will certainly be interesting to see the creations once people get their hands on the official modding tool.
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  • urishima
    All the patches in the world wont turn this into an actual Fallout game.
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  • BulkZerker
    All the patches in the world wont turn this into an actual Fallout game.

    I wouldn't say that. A total conversion mod could bring back the old fallout system.
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