June 15, 2024

Picture: Bethesda / Kotaku

A brand new replace for Fallout 4, supposed to enhance the sport, has achieved fairly the alternative for a lot of gamers. In consequence, many PC customers are utilizing Steam guides and downloading mods en masse to roll again the annoying “next-gen” replace, making these Fallout 4 guides and mods extraordinarily in style.

On April 25, Bethesda up to date Fallout 4—almost a decade after its launch—and added some new content material, mounted some bugs, improved efficiency in problem areas, and added a 60fps choice to PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S. Sounds nice, proper? Unsuitable. Whereas Bethesda might need had good intentions with this (delayed) “next-gen” replace, the precise rollout of this new Fallout 4 patch has been a horrible nightmare. It broke most mods, delayed the huge Fallout London fan growth, eliminated the power to change settings on Steam Deck, and launched new bugs on consoles. However gamers on PC are preventing again utilizing—what else?—mods and Steam guides to assist gamers revert or skip this messy replace.

As noticed by VG24/7, two of the hottest Fallout 4 mods on Nexus Mods are instantly associated to reverting the sport’s new April 25 replace. There’s Bilago’s “STEAM – Skip Subsequent-Gen” mod that lets gamers who haven’t downloaded the replace basically trick Steam into pondering Fallout 4 has already been up to date. This mod has been downloaded over 23,000 instances since April 25.

A screenshot of Fallout 4's nexus mods.

Screenshot: Nexus Mods / Kotaku

There’s additionally Zerratar’s “Fallout 4 Downgrader”, which—as you would possibly guess from the identify—lets gamers on Steam “downgrade” Fallout 4 to the earlier patch earlier than the controversial “next-gen” replace. This lets gamers use all their beloved Fallout 4 mods once more. The downgrader has been downloaded over 35,000 instances since April 27.

In the meantime, I additionally noticed quite a few (and in style) Steam guides in Fallout 4’s neighborhood part that focus completely on how you can revert the replace and/or block it from taking place. A few of these are written clearly and supply loads of assist to revert the Fallout 4 replace. Others level to mods to obtain and methods to cease Steam from updating the sport. And a minimum of one is only a joke about how a lot the particular person hates Todd Howard and Bethesda.

All and all, it’s clear that Fallout 4’s next-gen patch has been a disastrous rollout, one which followers are actively preventing towards. And whereas most mods and fan-created instruments will ultimately be up to date to work with Bethesda’s huge replace, I hope the developer has realized a lesson from this complete state of affairs. For those who construct video games that assist mods and people find yourself being a giant cause why your video games promote effectively for years, it is best to in all probability take a second to present these modders an opportunity to replace their work earlier than you flip the massive replace change and destroy the whole lot.

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