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Fallout 4 patches will be beta-tested on PC before moving to console

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Fallout 4 may be a great game by the sound of things, but it also happens to have more bugs than the beard of a hairy biker who decided to go for a ride with an open-face helmet. Itโ€™s to be expected with this kind of game, a massive, variable-driven open-world experience where things are bound to go wrong. For the most part, these bugs are harmless and goofy, although a few game-breakers do lurk around the post-apocalypse of Boston.

Naturally, some patches will be needed to fix the game up to scratch. And thankfully, PC gamers will be able to beta-test that patch for console players.

“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,” Bethesda wrote in a new blog post.

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.

But a hundred testers will never replicate the many millions playing the game now, and we’re hard at work addressing the top issues.

What Bethesda will be fixing still hasnโ€™t been revealed, but the process for doing so will see the patches released in a beta format on PC first before they hit console.

“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,” Bethesda said.

This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster. 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.

PC gamers can expect a patch sometime next week. Bugs and glitches may plague the game, but Bethesda is still gleaming as Fallout 4 has been one of the biggest hits of all time for the developer and publisher.

Last Updated: November 20, 2015

30 Comments

  1. James Anderton

    November 20, 2015 at 08:10

    something something tablescraps something something

    Reply

    • miaau

      November 20, 2015 at 08:16

      Did Witcher 3 not patch to PC first?

      I, for one, do not mind getting table scraps, as long as the bugs are fixed, not months after the PC. Hopefully when I buy it, it will be more or less bug free. Sigh, not waiting till 2017.

      Reply

      • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

        November 20, 2015 at 08:25

        Buying my copy on ps4 today! I cant wait any longer…almost done with shadows of mordor then I am gonna tap this game so just like a hobo at Macdonalds.

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 20, 2015 at 08:32

          Enjoy! You’ll be surprised by just how much humour there is in the game too. Trolls are the bestestest.

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            November 20, 2015 at 08:43

            You’d know!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 20, 2015 at 08:46

            Here. I think you need this, because that was just terrible.

          • RinceThis

            November 20, 2015 at 08:49

            I was only on #1! You better buckle up your bitches, I mean britches, today is going to be a bumpy ride!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 20, 2015 at 08:51

            Buckle you up? I don’t even want to get near you!

          • RinceThis

            November 20, 2015 at 08:56

          • RinceThis

            November 20, 2015 at 08:51

            PS, Note the ring, if I had one of those I’d need one of these every morning…

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 20, 2015 at 08:13

    Well, yeah. All things flow from the sacred engine, all things in their place.

    Reply

    • Deceased

      November 20, 2015 at 11:11

      WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK DID I JUST WATCH ๐Ÿ™

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 20, 2015 at 13:49

        IT’S A CLASSIC!

        Reply

    • Galbedir

      November 20, 2015 at 13:34

      Wow…This was a serious flashback to the past. Loved this song/video growing up, Thanks for sharing!

      Reply

  3. Vernon Jonker

    November 20, 2015 at 08:22

    got a bad bug now unable to fast travel now its like the olympic games of the wasteland

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    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      November 20, 2015 at 08:24

      Enjoy the environment and explore ๐Ÿ˜›

      Reply

  4. RinceThis

    November 20, 2015 at 08:42

    I thought PC gamers had been beta testing patches for console players for years now? teheheh

    Reply

  5. th3SiCn3ss

    November 20, 2015 at 08:56

    Haven’t had any major issues with this awesome game, apart from losing 3 saved games 45hrs in. (They would crash the game to desktop)
    Luckily it was only an hours worth of game time…. backing up my save game manually now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

  6. oVg

    November 20, 2015 at 09:05

    Check out my Ten Penny Tower ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

    • oVg

      November 20, 2015 at 09:05

      ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 20, 2015 at 09:06

        this is as high as you can build. Also, amount for the settlement was full. So I had to recycle stuff.

        Reply

    • GooseZA

      November 20, 2015 at 09:54

      Nice work. I’ve only been building at Sanctuary for now. Keeping my bases a bit smaller and simpler. I do have a nice deck with a braai and a pool table though.

      Reply

      • oVg

        November 20, 2015 at 09:58

        lol I now wish I had not pumped all my wood and Iron into this one as there are 30 settlements and I have lnked 9 so far, my economy is only just getting started. Give it 50 hours and Ill have an unlimited supply of Power Cells.

        There is a point where you just got to brush the OCD aside and just explore on the go.

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        • GooseZA

          November 20, 2015 at 10:00

          Lol, ja. 20 hours in and I’ve only just got to Diamond City. Going to try press on a bit now with some quests.

          Reply

          • Deceased

            November 20, 2015 at 11:08

            72 hours in – have only built Red Rocket, and am STILL busy with Sanctuary.
            ( haven’t even played the story yet :O )

            But the main reason for my comment
            – I enjoyed these screenies of your base @ovgspacemonkey:disqus ๐Ÿ˜€
            – Can’t more of you ruddy bastards post some XD

  7. Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    November 20, 2015 at 09:16

    Oh well, will wait for the GOTYE then

    Reply

    • GooseZA

      November 20, 2015 at 09:53

      But it’s soooooo gooood!

      Reply

    • Milesh Bhana

      November 20, 2015 at 10:25

      nah, by then it’ll just be a game i used to know.

      Reply

  8. GooseZA

    November 20, 2015 at 09:53

    I’d hardly say they plague the game. In 20 hours the only bugs I’ve seen was one floating Brahmin and dogmeat occasionally clipping through a door.

    Reply

  9. Lord Chaos

    November 20, 2015 at 11:27

    Currently Steam says I’m 85 hours in and only one thing has bothered me, companion speed. Realized in open areas they find it hard to catch up.

    Reply

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