Fallout 76 first update rolling out (update)

Updated November 19, 2018: The servers are now offline and there will be an update to download on your PC or console that's 48.39 GB on the Xbox One X. So get to downloading if you want to play again today! For the latest on when the servers will come back up stay tuned to the @Fallout Twitter account for status updates.

Fallout 76 is a shared-world multiplayer survival game for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The title marks an all-new direction for Bethesda's establishing post-apocalyptic role-playing series, allowing groups of survivors to explore, build settlements, and uncover secrets of West Virginia. It's a multiplayer experience which requires you to work together and form alliances.

Bethesda has a reputation of creating unbelievably great stories, but their technical prowess is abysmal to say the least. Fallout 76 is the latest title to suffer from a host of issues at launch. Aside from the horrendous performance problems, there are server issues that need to be addressed, not to mention the broken quests. It seems like the studio is aware of all of these problems — they're hard to miss — and has promised a series of patches.

We have our first patch coming Monday, November 19 — and while this update has many performance fixes and optimizations in it, we know some of your biggest requests... are not included in this update. These features are coming in the next several weeks... The next update will focus primarily on game performance and stability on all platforms, but will also come with a list of fixes to quests.

It's great to see that the first patch is launching on Monday. Hopefully it'll fix the performance because even on Xbox One X, the game runs very poorly. It's at if no optimization took place at all. In the coming weeks, Bethesda will increase the stash limit so that you can carry more items. PC players will also get basic adjusts like a field-of-view slider and push-to-talk functionality by 2019. It's a shame that the game shipped in such a state. This is by far the studio's least-polished game, and everyone played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 at launch.

Looking ahead, the team says that it wants to bring "new content and game systems" that add to life in West Virginia. New vaults will be opening, there will be new ways to improve your C.A.M.P., and even a faction-based player vs. player mode. It seems that a lot of this content will be free, but there might be paid expansions down the line. The first step is to fix the broken game.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.