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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