Less than a week after Fallout 76‘s release, Bethesda has already pushed a big patch out to players – one that clocks in at 47 GBs for those playing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and at 15 GBs for PC.
The primary focus of the patch is «performance and stability improvements,» leaving the patch notes looking a bit sparse for an update of this size. That said, it is critical that Bethesda establish a more solid foundation for 76 before implementing the new features and content they have planned.
My time with 76 has been riddled with frame rate and other performance issues (ranging from minor to severe). While I am looking forward to Bethesda fulfilling their promise of increased stash limits and additional content, smoothing out how the game runs is extremely pressing.
It will take some time and exploration to understand the full ramifications of today’s update on performance, but the quick update suggests that Bethesda is committed to rectifying 76‘s very rocky launch.
Additionally, the patch comes with numerous bug fixes. These include fixes to player-vs-player combat, enemy behavior, blueprints, and the «Bureau of Tourism» quest line that has been broken since the game’s B.E.T.A. I am personally looking forward to finally clearing that one from my quest log.
This is just the beginning of the work that needs to be done to right 76, as players continue to encounter serious bugs like getting stuck in their Power Armor, dysfunctional repair perks, and more. However, this update hopefully marks the beginning of a path to something great and Bethesda continues to release improvements so swiftly.
Next time though, perhaps the update file could be a bit smaller?
Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news, guides, and our review of Fallout 76. And see below for yesterday’s full patch notes.
- Performance: Several issues have been addressed to resolve hitches during gameplay and other performance issues.
- Stability: The Fallout 76 game client and servers have received additional stability improvements.
- Xbox: Fixed an issue that could lead to instability on certain menus.