Bethesda's highly anticipated add-on for Fallout 4, Far Harbor, rolled out on May 19th on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It came with all sorts of content that fans were sure to enjoy, such as new quests, new enemies to fight and new weapons to use. It also proved to be just as large as Bethesda promised, requiring 30 GB of available space to safely install.
However, Far Harbor also came with some added baggage that was less than appreciated by fans: performance and substantial frame rate drops. Of course, Bethesda games are known for having issues on release (Skyrim, anyone?), but nothing quite like this. Not only did the issues make the game very difficult to play at times, but it also seemed to only affect PlayStation 4 players.
Well, Bethesda has been hard at work since this issue was first brought to its attention and it finally has an answer: instead of releasing a patch aimed at fixing this problem as was promised, the company has put up a full re-release of the entire Far Harbor DLC pack.
Announced on the official forums, the developer says players will need to re-download the entire pack from the North American PlayStation Store and provided the instructions they need to follow to do so:
Step 1: Confirm Fallout 4 is not running. Highlight Fallout 4 in your PS4 dashboard, press OPTIONS, and select CLOSE APPLICATION to ensure Fallout 4 is not running minimized.
Step 2: Select RELATED ITEMS. You'll find this under the Fallout 4 icon in the PS4 dashboard.
Step 3: Select MY ADD-ONS.
Step 4: Navigate to the DOWNLOAD ARROW next to Far Harbor and select it.
Step 5: You should see a notice that Far Harbor has been Added to Downloads.
Step 6: Wait for the downloadable content to finish downloading and installing before starting Fallout 4.
While this is great news for Fallout 4 fans who have not been able to properly play Far Harbor yet, there is one caveat: the fix doesn't have a 100 percent success rate. If you go through these steps and players still experience performance issues, then Bethesda suggests you delete Fallout 4 and all its DLC, and reinstall the game in its entirety from scratch.
As things stand, this fix is only relevant for North America. Those in Europe will have to wait a bit longer for an update, which Bethesda promised on its Twitter account will come "in the very near future."
We will have more information on the EU update to #FarHarbor on PS4 in the very near future. Thank you for your patience.
— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) June 3, 2016