Fallout: New Vegas patch inbound

Bethesda announces "optimizations and stability improvements" update currently in certification and coming to the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in the coming weeks.

Obsidian Entertainment's Fallout: New Vegas was released late last year to warm reception, but it was riddled with a range of bugs following its debut. Now, gamers eager to enter a cleaner New Vegas can expect a "stability improvement" patch, currently heading to all systems.

In a Bethesda Blog update, Fallout: New Vegas senior producer Jason Bergman said a patch, which focuses on "optimizations and stability improvements," is currently in certification process and will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the coming weeks.

New Vegas is getting all patched up soon.

The post states that Bethesda and Obsidian searched through the game's forums to learn what types of headaches gamers were most frequently experiencing.

"We have fixed a great deal of the crashes and lockups that people were experiencing. In addition, we scoured the forums and this patch includes weapon balance tweaks and other requested fixes," reads the post.

In December, Fallout: New Vegas--which has shipped five million units--welcomed the Dead Money downloadable content. Gamers thirsting for more action can look forward to more content, as Bethesda has promised at least three more content packs for the game. Unfortunately, none of these three add-ons have been named, priced, or dated.

Developed by many veterans of the original Fallout games at Obsidian Entertainment (Alpha Protocol), New Vegas is set in the Mojave wasteland and casts players in the role of a courier who is shot in the head and left for dead. After recovering, players roam the desert and the titular metropolis, exploring new areas and modifying weapons. They also get wrapped up in the larger conflict among the bureaucratic New California Republic, the slave-trading Caesar's Legion, and a mysterious New Vegas impresario named Mr. House.

For more on Fallout: New Vegas, check out GameSpot's full review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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121 comments
WinsteadVolve
WinsteadVolve

Well that has made my day, I'm not fussed when it released, as long as it's happening, In my opinion there isn't anything bad with this game at all now!

slbdevil
slbdevil

@StarlightHunter Sure, i never said the problem was my console. The problem is this crappy game (technically speaking...) :( The precautions i take seem to help though (well, a bit).

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

@slbdevil, a Game crashing has nothing to do with you're console. It is due to errors and incosistancies with the games engine.

TerraMantis
TerraMantis

Anyone know when this patch is going to go live? I've had FO:NV since launch and have never even put it in after seeing the review video and reading about its problematic development issues. From what i can gather it is an extremely amazing adventure FPS-RPG if you can get past the technical issues. If someone could fill me in that would be great.

slbdevil
slbdevil

Sorry but honestly I have little faith on this patch... It's probably not gonna fix much... I play on PS3 and the technical state in which the game was released and still is right now is nothing but AWFUL! That and the lack of support from Obsidian/Bethesda. It's not acceptable having the game freezing your console all the time (i've played for more than 100 hours now, and this piece of crap froze my PS3 40 or more times until i got to finish it (hell, i'm afraid this might break my PS3!) Then there's the constant stuttering and huge framedrops in some areas that literally render this unplayable, oh, and how could i forget... the god damn bugs! And I take all the precautions, i create fresh gamesaves all the time, disable the music, cinematic cam, i play completely offline as its a SP game as it's pointless being connected to the internet while playing! Don't get me wrong, i love the core game, but the technical issues are pathetic. The content of the game is the only reason why i kept playing it, ignoring the issues to some extent. :)

menace420
menace420

fallout you have failed miserably in this game. i played it once after i bought it and now it is collecting dust. im surprised i have not gone to gamespot and traded it in. you have such a huge fan base to let us down and release this GARBAGE !

isshiah
isshiah

i used over 400 save slots compared to only 8 i fallout 3. my main complaint was the screen turning red or green in different ares of the map.

Corelis
Corelis

The game is playable as is, so long as you save frequently and use many save slots... The bugs were/are annoying, but i have played through 2x pre-patch and still found the game very enjoyable (albeit, I do remember tossing the controller a few times during a bug flare-up)

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

I been waiting for patches because I haven't even tried mine yet. Heard too much about the bugs and freeze ups to even play.

skitchrick
skitchrick

The only "optimizations" I want are some cheats and more places to explore.

ZaKAISER
ZaKAISER

finally !!!! waiting for that

it009x9281
it009x9281

Im sick of it crashing for no reason causing me to save every few mins:(

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Hopefully this means I'll be able to finally play the "Come Fly With Me" quest, it always corrupted my saves so I just left it

Targzissian
Targzissian

Maybe I'll have to get back into it. I've explored most of the world, but I know there's still a lot of content (particularly in the city of New Vegas) I haven't touched yet.

Xiosis
Xiosis

This news is right on time Fallout New Vegas is on sell at Game Stop.

waelse1
waelse1

I skipped the game because of ridiculous bugs, but if their fixes solve most of the serious problems, I'll pick it up. How stupid to only audit the game for bugs after it's released.

ztg360
ztg360

@deathstream Yea the glitches should of been weeded out but honestly I think they will just upgrade engines once elder scrolls 5 comes out

gho5ty
gho5ty

PC FTW i got a crapload of mods too keep me playing for well along time. and when i frist got the game i only seen or cared too look close at the bugs because if i sat there and cryed about bugs i might aswell find a new hobby too do othere then gameing

deathblow3
deathblow3

@ mu57ang true true but i think you give cod to much credit i sure it hasnt done a billion a few million sure around 50 mill maybe and that would be every cod combined. the last one only did 15mill granted that is a lot the most ever for any video game. even if you talking $$ thats only a couple 100 mill not billions

FentonDead
FentonDead

Besides the fact my 80gig BC PS 3 went YLOD along with my F:NV data, I've stopped playing until they resolve some plot stoppers and/or trophy progression killers. Yeah if the fans says for instance many of the issues including those stoppers did get fixed than yeah I'll replay this even start my first run this time on Hardcore mode. For now I'm an wait and see type of person despite the game having an excellent story and me cleaning out the Casinos.

stakex007
stakex007

@raichou - Careful with talk like that... next game Bethesda makes they won't release mod tools. Just look at what happened with COD. PC gamers said they wouldn't buy the map pack for COD4 becuase they had free user made maps... since then, mod tools have vanished from the COD series. Can't tell me the rise of DLC didn't have everything to do with that.

oneligas
oneligas

MORE FALLOUT, yes please i'll have another

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

I agree with raichou, I have played though NV 5 times now, done everything etc. Dead Money was a welcome addon since it was out a few weeks after launch while I was still playing though the game. Obsidian are to late to be bringing DLC out 4 moths after Dead Money, they should of brought them out sooner, same thing with the patches, I mean they have had 4 months. Though NV is a great game, Obsidian f***ed up big time though.

McNeelyJ39
McNeelyJ39

I thought this was supposed to get patched back in october of last year...how many bugs still need to get squashed from launch?

Adema83
Adema83

@raichou Exactly what he/she, it? said.

Mar044
Mar044

i'm glad that they didn't forget about gamers who bought the product :)

traykey1
traykey1

Installed,played and finished. Hardly any problems with it. That was months ago. I am with raichou on this one..

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

good to see the developers not just pushing the game aside! if the patch fixes what it says it does im going back to this game that's the only reason i left this game alone for a little bit,

ajefferson863
ajefferson863

I really hope they sort out the mis-aligned iron sights. The recharger pistol is ridiculous, the plasma rifle fires slightly off-centre, and many of the other guns just seem to aim at different degrees of height, forcing you to quickly switch between "off the hip" and aim when shooting long range. Also it still crashes.

cmrdr
cmrdr

I can still barely play without a crash every half hour or so. But that is the least of my problems, I have several quests I can't complete (such as the Brotherhood of Steel series) because the quests wont complete after I have done all the tasks.

sabre85
sabre85

just want the dlc this is nice though

DillTurnips
DillTurnips

good news for me...just need to get a new ps3 to replace the one with the bad disk drive and im good to go

J-Man725
J-Man725

Better late than never, I guess.

raichou
raichou

Clocked in 100 hours in New Vegas, finishing everything and enjoying a few dozen mods. Uninstalled the game 4 months ago LOL. DLC at this time is a joke. I am NOT going to pay $$$ for a few hours of quests and game tweaks when mods have already provided us with so much (quests, locations, items, characters, tweaks, glitch fixes) over the past six months. Unless the new DLC's is able to provide me with another 40 hours of content, than no dice Obsidian. We're all looking forward to The Witcher 2, Skyrim and Mass Effect 3 now. Unless its Fallout 4, than no, ur too late Obsidian.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Cool cant wait...the random crash's can be annoying...still not tired of it yet (modded the crap out of that game lol!)

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Does anyone know if the (PC) lag has been fixed yet? I uninstalled the game a while back, didn't have many bugs but the lag was Severely annoying. It (lag) was the last straw for me and I'm not installing again until that's fixed.

fzd88
fzd88

Good news, but a bit late. Already done and uninstalled :P I didn't encounter too many bugs though (no crashes at all). Maybe because I installed some of the unofficial patches and various fixer mods.

method115
method115

@mu57ang Games have also become a lot more complex then they used to be. That is part of the reason for more bugs, not the whole reason though. Developers know they can patch a game later and they take advantage of that. I'm not a picky gamer and bugs don't tend to bother me much. As long as it's not game breaking i.e "deletes my save data". I completely understand someone who does nitpick every bug in a game though. Someone who spends $70 for a new game is entitled to a bug free experience.

mu57ang
mu57ang

I've learned my lesson, I'm gonna pay 20 bucks for a patched game with all the DLCs later, rather than 60 bucks for a buggy experience now. If you take a look at the last decade, games are getting buggier and buggier, as well as more and more expensive. And despite all the piracy in the world, COD had a BILLION in sales. BILLION! If people really want to see a change in games, they certainly need to stop pre-ordering games, which is basically giving the developer money and asking him to kick you in the family jewels, and stop buying games at release. Buy the games when they are ready to be played. They sucker in people with a free hat or gun as a pre-order bonus, and then people spend weeks complaining that the game doesn't work correctly. Was that free hat worth it? THis....

thegamegod
thegamegod

too late,as much as i've loved this game,and i still play it,my experience with it has been tainted due to copious crashes,i'll play it until i have completed it,but never again,i think ill just go rebuy Fo3:GOTY.

hunter-128
hunter-128

The PC version is great, hardly any bugs. The issue is its a PC port, and they obviously didn't test enough on 360/PS3 but they sure did on PC. Love this game, finished it on 3 different characters and only 2 bugs i have found.

mwmars
mwmars

too late... I've moved on

scorpgul
scorpgul

Do people still care about this POS anymore? Last I saw it was being sold for like 7 pounds

gwailo2470
gwailo2470

Just finished up playing Fallout GOTY edition. Looking forward to Fallout New Vegas GOTY edition later this year, or next year. This game came out half a year ago, and they're still patching bugs? I've learned my lesson, I'm gonna pay 20 bucks for a patched game with all the DLCs later, rather than 60 bucks for a buggy experience now. If you take a look at the last decade, games are getting buggier and buggier, as well as more and more expensive. And despite all the piracy in the world, COD had a BILLION in sales. BILLION! If people really want to see a change in games, they certainly need to stop pre-ordering games, which is basically giving the developer money and asking him to kick you in the family jewels, and stop buying games at release. Buy the games when they are ready to be played. They sucker in people with a free hat or gun as a pre-order bonus, and then people spend weeks complaining that the game doesn't work correctly. Was that free hat worth it?

randomtext
randomtext

I wonder how many bugs they fixed actually fixed a bug for a cracked version of the game. It always seems like it's usually those versions experiencing problems.(but most won't admit it)