For the most part, Fallout 4's first big expansion has been a big success. It's absolutely massive, filled with interesting new characters and quests and rewards players with some of the most powerful weaponry in the game.
Fallout 4's other DLC packs may not have been quite as big a hit with gamers, but for now, it looks like Far Harbor was the expansion that everyone had been hoping for.
Unless you're playing it on consoles, that is. Ever since the expansion launched, PlayStation 4 owners have reported some serious stability issues. PC and Xbox One players have run into similar troubles, sure, but the PS4 version of Far Harbor is downright unplayable at points - the dense fog that covers much of the environment seems to be the culprit, tanking frame rates and crashing the game altogether.
Thankfully, Bethesda has a solution - and it's not a patch, or some other sort of downloadable update. Apparently, the issue was so bad that the publisher decided to release an entirely new version of the expansion.
It's a drastic measure, but until Bethesda finds an easier fix, it's the only real option that PS4 players have. Hey, it's better than not playing the DLC at all, right?
If you're trying to re-install Far Harbor, just follow these steps:
• 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.
• Select [RELATED ITEMS]. You'll find this under the Fallout 4 icon in the PS4 dashboard.
• Select [MY ADD-ONS].
• Navigate to the [DOWNLOAD ARROW] next to Far Harbor and select it.
• You should see a notice that Far Harbor has been Added to Downloads.
• Wait for the downloadable content to finish downloading and installing before starting Fallout 4.
With any luck, completely re-installing the expansion should help fix some of the performance issues. Fallout 4 has always had a bit of trouble running on the PlayStation 4, however, so don't expect the game to run like it would on a high-end PC.
It's not an ideal fix, but it's better than nothing: hopefully, it won't be long before Bethesda finds a more user-friendly solution. Until then, just follow the steps above and the game should run a bit more smoothly.
As for what's next for Fallout 4, expect Bethesda to make some sort of announcement at E3 2016 in two weeks.