The latest patch for Fallout 4 hits all platforms this week, offering plenty of bug fixes, gameplay improvements, and a few PC-specific graphical enhancements.

Months after its initial release, Fallout 4 evidently still has a few Creation Engine-based glitches to sort out. Most of these will have gone by unnoticed by the majority of gamers, but the latest 1.3 patch for Fallout 4 looks like it addresses the majority of bug complaints that seemed to pop up on things like Reddit and Twitter. Some time has passed since the last significant patch, and we have no doubt console gamers will be happy to have some news that isn’t just waiting to hear about future modification plans.

The most noticeable change is the new status menu for settlers, which now makes it easier to identify which tasks the Sole Survivor’s subordinates have been assigned too. Players will now also find it much easier to rotate objects they are holding, which should help when meticulously adding that ‘lived-in’ look to settlements. On the surface these don’t ultimately change the game at all, but it makes things much easier for fans who enjoy making great-looking settlements.

Most of the patch’s bug fixes were already made available to PC players weeks ago thanks to the option of a beta patch, but the official 1.3 release adds a few more fixes into the fold. PC gamers may have seen this list from the beta patch, but the finalized list is an accurate reflection of what console gamers should expect later on this week as well.

Here are the new features that will be introduced to Fallout 4, followed by the bug fixes:

  • New ambient occlusion setting, HBAO+ (PC)
  • New weapon debris effects (PC NVIDIA cards)
  • Added status menu for settlers in your settlements
  • Added ability to rotate an object you are holding with left/right triggers and pressing down on left thumbstick lets you switch the rotating axis
  • Improved “ESDF” keys remapping support while in Workshop mode (PC)

General Gameplay Fixes:

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Improved performance when looking through a scope
  • Fixed issue where player could warp to a different location when aiming
  • Companions can no longer get stuck with radiation poisoning
  • Fixed an issue where Vault 81 residents would not dismember correctly
  • Big Leagues perk now displays calculated damage correctly
  • Fixed issue with third person camera not displaying properly after exiting certain crafting stations
  • Fixed an issue where subtitles would occasionally not update properly
  • Effects will properly be removed on companions when items are unequipped
  • MacReady’s Killshot perk now calculates headshot percentages properly
  • Fixed an issue with NPCs getting stuck in Power Armor
  • Fixed a rare issue with companions getting stuck in down state
  • Second rank of Aquaboy now calculates properly
  • Fixed an issue with resistance not always lowering the damage correctly when added by mods
  • Enabled number of characters available when renaming an item (XB1)
  • Fixed issue with player becoming dismembered while still alive
  • Robotics expert is now usable in combat
  • Stimpaks can now be used on Curie after the transformation
  • Playing a holotape found in wilderness while switching point of view no longer causes the screen to blur or controls to be locked

Quest Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue with “Taking Independence” where the minutemen remaining from the battle against the Mirelurk Queen would not gather in the Castle
  • Fixed an issue where invulnerable characters would get stuck in combat
  • Fixed an issue where Preston would send player to a settlement instead of a dungeon as part of a Minutemen quest
  • Fixed an issue where Synths could attack the Castle while the player was friends with the Institute
  • Fixed an issue where killing a caravan would leave a quest open
  • Fixed an issue where Dogmeat would stay at Fort Hagen after “Reunions” was completed
  • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t talk to Desdemona to complete “Underground Undercover”
  • Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck exiting the cryopod
  • Fixed an issue where the player could no longer get Preston as a companion
  • In “The End of the Line,” fixed an issue that would prevent the player from killing the leaders of the Railroad
  • Fixed an issue with Minutemen quests repeating improperly
  • Fixed an issue where the player couldn’t get back into the Railroad headquarters after being kicked out of the Brotherhood of Steel
  • After finishing “The Big Dig,” fixed an issue where Hancock would no longer offer to be a companion or help with the “Silver Shroud” quest
  • Fixed an issue with obtaining the Dampening Coils from Saugus Ironworks before going to Yangtze
  • During “Unlikely Valentine,” fixed an issue where the player could be blocked from entering Vault 114
  • In “Confidence Man,” Bull and Gouger can now be killed
  • During “Taking Independence,” fixed an issue that would prevent the radio transmitter from powering up
  • In “Human Error,” fixed an issue where killing Dan would cause the quest to not complete properly
  • Fixed an issue with “Tactical Thinking” where leaving dialogue early with Captain Kells to reprogram P.A.M. could cause quest to not completely properly


Workshop Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug that would cause settler counts to appear incorrectly
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the player from setting up a supply line in settlements with a high population
  • Improvements to snapping pieces together while in Workshop mode
  • Fixed an issue that caused powered items to stop functioning permanently if its power source was ever removed
  • Player can now build workbenches in their Diamond City house
  • Building wires no longer uses up copper
  • Fixed issue with certain settlement attacks not generating properly
  • Fixed an issue with settlement happiness calculations
  • Settlers assigned to weapons stand will now stand next to it
  • Diamond City house now shows provided power
  • Repairing items will now correctly consume resources
  • Fixed an issue where companion would ignore commands at workshop locations
  • Fixed an issue with crops appearing destroyed after saving and reloading

While we didn’t encounter the glitch that causes players to warp to a new location when aiming, bugs like that sound like they would have made the game downright unplayable to those afflicted with the issue.

The patch is already live to those playing from a PC, though the Xbox One and PS4 patches still have an unconfirmed release date. We’ll keep you posted when those dates are announced – we wouldn’t expect console gamers to be waiting more than a week for the 1.3 patch.

Fallout 4 is currently available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Source: GameSpot