Fallout 4 Dev "Actively Working" to Improve Far Harbor DLC Performance

Bethesda says it understands "some people are experiencing issues" and is working on improvements.

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Fallout 4 developer Bethesda is "actively working on more improvements" for the RPG's recently released Far Harbor expansion. In a forum post, Bethesda said the version of Far Harbor that launched on May 19 was improved over an earlier, beta version, but the developer acknowledged it's still not all it can be.

"We made optimizations based on the Far Harbor beta feedback, but understand some people are experiencing issues," Bethesda said. "We are actively working on more improvements."

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Bethesda's forum post does not get any more specific than that. The developer said it will share more details at a later date.

GamesRadar mentions that Far Harbor's frame rate, in some sections, has been less than great, possibly as a result of lighting and atmospheric effects such as fog. This video from YouTube user Oblivions Reaper shows that frame rate can chug in one particularly foggy location.

Far Harbor is Fallout 4's third paid expansion, following Automatron (March; $10) and Wasteland Workshop (April; $5). It sells for $25 on its own, and is also included with the $50 Fallout 4 DLC pass.

Bethesda has told fans to "stay tuned" for even more Fallout 4 DLC coming this year. Whatever it is, DLC pass owners will get it at no extra cost.

In other news about Fallout 4, Bethesda has announced that invitations to join the Xbox One mods beta test are going out now. Mods are expected to launch for everyone on Xbox One later in May and on PlayStation 4 in June.

Have you encountered any technical issues with Far Harbor? Let us know in the comments below.

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This is why I always play all Bethesda games on the PC, Console Commands for debugging on the go FTW. Aside from a few hiccups, I've played over 200 hours just fine on an i7 4790k and SLI GTX 980 Ti G1 at 2160p 60 FPS.

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@Spartan363: The issues with Far Harbor are on PC, dude. The console versions are running well.

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@reduc_ab_: Sure, but they aren't game breaking as I said before. Even if I do encounter one, having access to the Console Commands is a huge plus of owning the PC version. You also have the community create "Unofficial" patches long before Bethesda does, this is another huge advantage of the PC version.

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Keep buying those 70 dollar season passes people. This is where your money is going.

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@asneakypoptart: I paid $30 for mine and it's money well spent. The bugs are not game breaking....I have played over 200 hours just fine.

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@Spartan363: Yep. I have a fairly potent PC -i7-6700k/980ti @1440p, and the game runs smooth as silk, except during and immediately after large battles, when stuttering occurs, only in Far Harbor. Still having a great time in the game, and I'm hoping more of the Far Harbor -feel migrates to the main world.

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@trog69: Nice setup, you should grab another 980 Ti as many are being dumped for cheap, I've seen some sell for as low as $300 locally on Craigslist. Since all 900 series cards are less than 3 years old, they are all under warranty, just file an RMA and profit from the new card they send you. I also feel the same, if not officially, then mods will make it feel more like Far Harbor. I'm thoroughly enjoying Far Harbor more than even the main area. Since you have a 980 Ti, you should install the Resurrection, Grasslands and Photorealistic Commonwealth mods . It gives it that Last of Us/Enslaved vibe and makes exploring really fun again. It brings most cards to their knees because of VRAM and they actually recommend a 980 Ti for the best performance.

I myself have the following specs

i7 4790k OC'ed to 4.6ghz w/Cooler Master EVO 212

8GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 OC'ed to 2400

Two Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 SLI

ASUS Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1

EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1000 Platinum

256GB Crucial M4 for Windows 10 Pro

1TB (two 512GB) Intel/Sandisk Ultra II SSD for games

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@Spartan363: Those mods sound interesting. I'm still playing my first character in FO4, plus I've been busy in New Vegas, with the AWOP mod and the MoMod attachment that adds unique monsters to the added dungeons of AWOP ( A World Of Pain) If not for Ed-E, I'd be cactus food right now. heheh

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I thought the title of the article was "Bethesda is actually working to improve Far Harbor" and I was like damn thats a first :P

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And they raised the price of the season pass for this.

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Bethesda released a buggy poorly performing game? No! That never happens!

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--i really love these guys
--but their reputation for buggy games gets a bit silly sometimes
--but
--we have to understand as gamers
--that bethesa games usually have TONS more content than most RPGs
--sometimes
--it seems a little less of the useless plates and bottles
--rags clothes you will never wear
--a GABILLION weapons
--the list is almost literally endless
--and i think it is 'this' MAXIMUM overload of 'this sorta' extra content
--that weights all of bethesa's ES and fallout games down with bugs

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Business as usual for Bugthesda.

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Haven't gotten to Far Harbor yet. The Automatron quest is turning out to be much bigger than I thought.

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Fallout 4 on consoles is unplayable and in unacceptable condition.

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@cboye18: yea because the game never crashes on PC either....

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@cboye18: My game crashed 4 times with in the first 3 hours of play on PC. Stop spreading lies, Bethesda is known to make buggy games on all platforms.

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@cboye18: False. I've put in hundreds of hours on the PS4. Yes, there are some bugs. But the game works fine for the most part.

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As soon as i noticed the fog i knew there was gonna be some framerate dips, good thing theyre working on a patch though

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I haven't noticed any major performance problems, although I expected the fog to be a problem.

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@Pyrosa: Slight stuttering during and after large battles in Far Harbor for me, but I agree; nothing game-breaking at all. Heck, I'm amazed that all of my mods work just fine in Far Harbor. I expected them to at least be disabled , but not this time.

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Eddie literally wrote 19 articles in the past 24 hours...

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@HIT3kNology: wrote?? Naaa, copy paste

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Knock on wood, but I haven't had any issues with the DLC so far on ps4. And no glitches or bugs during 100 hours of the main campaign either.

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bethesda's open world engine is a joke, they should...no...they must trash this graphic engine and made a new one, its full of problems and bugs

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@baral-o: Do you really trust Bethesda to create a better engine?

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No problem, playing on PC but just now started Automatron DLC, Take your time fixing this, I'll be along one of these days.

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@Triton: How is Automatron?

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@o311rocks: Love it so far, only did first quest.

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@o311rocks: Basically one BIG quest, but I loved it. It really nails home the whole "retro future" vibe that was often missing during Fallout 4. If you take the time (as always) to really read/hear all the terminals & notes, there's a ton of interesting depth to be found.

Oh, and did I mention the "build your own ruthless killing machine" bit? Mine's pink, with two gatlings and a face-laser.

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@Pyrosa: Lol, I made Ada Pink also. Is it me or can she carry a lot of crap. Upgraded her weapons and using her as a pack mule on other quests.

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@Pyrosa: Nice. I didn't get the season pass but will probably pick up all the DLC during a steam sale. I just couldn't bring myself to play anymore F4 after about 100 hours in the original release. Just need a break.

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@o311rocks: I've been playing a little of FO4, then revisiting Oblivion and New Vegas. I really need to go play Wild Hunt, since it's the reason why I upgraded to this new PC in the first place. heh

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Transaltion:
"We saw that the DLC causes issues but we decided anyway to bring it out to cash your money.
After we took a bath in your money and we get sober,we might consider working on these issues.
We are Bethesda afterall...what did you expect?"

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@sladakrobot: And this, folks, is why they sell DLC passes, so they can make all their money before the game releases. That way, they can reduce the bug fixing budget later and keep more of your money.

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Strange, I didn't find any performance issues. i7 4770K, 16GB RAM, GTX970.

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@Coseniath: haha well maybe you should upgrade to a 1080 just to be sure.

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HEY BETHESDA! HOW ABOUT UPDATING TO VERSION 1.5 IN REGION 3?!?!? THENNNNN HOW ABOUT RELEASING FAR HARBOR FOR R3?!?!?!? I'LL NEVER BUY ANOTHER BETHESDA GAME. Love Fallout 4 but hate the slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww updates to Asia.

Maybe I'll join the pirate race and just play it for free.

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@wtf_666: What country do you live in?

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@o311rocks: Singapore. I hate region locked DLC. R3 was the only version of Fallout 4 game available on the day it was released.

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@wtf_666: Damn . Region locking is 100% bullshit. Did you buy the season pass?

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@wtf_666: Depending on what platform you play on you could of bought Fallout 4 off the USA or UK PS4 store. Or even make a steam account for a different region.

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Really? While playing I was actually amazed with how the performance was stable compared to some sections of the main game. Guess I'm just lucky.

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@moose-fitz: I feel like some people must just freak out and quite the game if it lags or the frame rate drops for even a second then they go online and say its full of bugs lol. I've been playing this latest dlc on PS4 frame rate dropped for a few seconds which slowed things down but I hardly noticed it since I was enjoying it so much then it swiftly went back to normal.

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The "performance" patch for Far Harbour will be out in the next 6-8 months.

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@o311rocks: after they release the Nuka-World DLC XD

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@o311rocks: Bethesda is experiencing performance issues.

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@Mogan: They should get some of the guys that worked on Doom to give them a hand. That game runs like a dream.

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