Fallout 4's 1.5 Update and Survival Mode Hit PC in Beta

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Players of the popular role-playing game Fallout 4, rejoice! Update 1.5 is now available in Beta on Steam for PC.

Update 1.5 adds the long-awaited revamped Survival Mode, which has been touted by the company as game-changing and brutal. Survival Mode adds additional challenges including no fast travel, saving only when you sleep, increased lethality, diseases, fatigue, danger and more. Characters set to Survival difficulty appear under their own Character Selection filter – meaning the Survival Mode games are saved separately from the standard games. This is good news, since you’ll probably die. A lot. Not sure what the new Survival Mode entails? Click here, or check out the video below for more details.



Survival Mode incorporates a number of changes based on its stand-alone beta feedback. On a compatibility note: Survival difficulty characters are not backward-compatible with the 1.4 version of Fallout 4. If you opt out of the Beta, do not use Survival character saved games.

Update 1.5 also adds a variety of bug fixes for Fallout 4. The highlights include addressing issues with settlement light bulbs not lighting properly, and robots can now be assigned as settlement vendors. Other fixes are listed below:

  • General stability and performance improvements
  • Fixed rare crash related to reloading a save that relies on Automatron
  • Fixed issue with the robot workbench camera not moving properly immediately after canceling out of the menu
  • Fixed issue with perks being repeatedly added when reloading a saved game while in robot workbench
  • Fixed issue with Ada not properly traveling to an assigned settlement
  • Fixed issue with “Appropriation” where blueprints would not appear properly if the container had already been looted prior to getting the quest
  • In “The Nuclear Option,” entering the Institute using the targeting helmet on Power Armor no longer inadvertently causes the player to go into combat, and become stuck in the Institute
  • Fixed distance check with Robotics Expert perk
  • While in Workshop mode, if the Jump button is remapped, the Y or Triangle button can still be used to jump
  • Ability to delete downloadable content via the Add-Ons menu (PS4)
  • Fixed issue with “Defend the Castle” where speaking to Ronnie Shaw would not properly complete the quest
  • During “The Nuclear Option,” fast traveling away from the Institute immediately after inserting the relay targeting sequence holotape will no longer block progression


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Surprisingly, Update 1.5 adds support for the upcoming add-on, Far Harbor. This could point to a launch date for the new downloadable content (DLC) expansion in early to mid-May. Far Harbor will release in May according to Bethesda, but the publisher has not set an official date. The expansion is touted as the largest to date for the company, and may rival the size of the Capital Wasteland from Fallout 3. Leaked information about the DLC indicates new enemies and sea creatures.

Bethesda also stated Creation Kit and Bethesda.net Mods are still in closed beta. Support for Mods to the 1.5 Steam Beta will be added soon with console support for Mods coming in updates that follow.

To install the Update 1.5 Beta on PC:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta
  • Select OK
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [Beta] in your Library

Bethesda encourages players to send their feedback on the 1.5 Steam Beta forum.

Update 1.5 will be released on Xbox One and Playstation 4 in the coming weeks.