Bethesda announces surprise next-gen update for Fallout 4

Shawn Knight

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In brief: Bethesda is wrapping up its month-long 25th anniversary celebration of the Fallout series on a high note. On Monday, Bethesda announced a next-gen update for Fallout 4. Set to launch in 2023, the freebie will be available for Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 as well as on the PC. Details are sparse at this hour but we do know it'll support 4K resolution and high frame rates, plus deliver bug fixes and bonus Creation Club content.

Bethesda is also offering active Prime Gaming subscribers the opportunity to claim the 25th anniversary bundle for Fallout 76. It'll be available via Prime Gaming Rewards from November 2, 2022 until February 2, 2023, and includes a handful of in-game goodies.

Active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can also nab the bundle. The window for redemption opens October 27 and runs through December 27.

Bethesda additionally announced that from October 25 through November 8, Fallout 76 players can visit the Atomic Shop for a free daily item.

The first game in the series, Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game, landed in 1997 from Interplay Productions on MS-DOS and Windows and later came to Mac. The game received critical acclaim and is considered by some to be responsible for renewing consumer interest in RPGs. Others consider it to be among the greatest games ever made.

Related reading: Grab Fallout 3 for free for a limited time

Fallout 2 arrived a year later, but it'd take a full decade before the third main series entry launched. It was notably the first game in the series developed by Bethesda and marked a major shift in the franchise. Fallout 4 hit in late 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows and supported several add-ons including Automatron, Wasteland Workshop and Far Harbor.

The most recent game in the series, Fallout 76, was universally panned by critics when it dropped in 2018. Unlike Hello Games which was able to save No Man's Sky (and turn it into a pretty great game), Bethesda hasn't been able to replicate that with Fallout 76. As of writing, the game has a Metacritic score of 52 and a user score of just 2.8.

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mountains

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Hopefully it doesn't blow up the FO4 modding community as these things usually do. They need to work better with mod authors and users than the mild but disruptive updates Skyrim has seen over the last year.
 

defaultluser

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Fallout London is the answer I guess. But when will it ship, 2028?


I think cascadeia and Florida both have a better chance of completion ( but are still both years off),


they already released high resolution texture pack for fallout 4
 
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Athlonite

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Does Fallout 4 have graphical mods?
If so wouldn't we already have the next gen version?
yes both Bethesda and Modders put out HiRes texture packs for FO4 they've been available for years although I do think the betesda ones are only 2K whereas the ones available on the Nexus are 4K.

high frame rates, plus deliver bug fixes and bonus Creation Club content. So just a bunch of stuff they ripped off from modders on the Nexus then because I'm already seeing an avg of 322fps
 

Ohnooze

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yes both Bethesda and Modders put out HiRes texture packs for FO4 they've been available for years although I do think the betesda ones are only 2K whereas the ones available on the Nexus are 4K.

high frame rates, plus deliver bug fixes and bonus Creation Club content. So just a bunch of stuff they ripped off from modders on the Nexus then because I'm already seeing an avg of 322fps
I never finished it but would like to revisit it at some point. Question is how will the official updated version compare to the original with mods.
 

Athlonite

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I never finished it but would like to revisit it at some point. Question is how will the official updated version compare to the original with mods.
probably around the same if you own the original FO4 don't bother paying for the "Official" updated version just go grab the mods from Nexus and be very happy