Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam

Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam

Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam

Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam


Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam, allowing PC gamers to play an ultra hard, Dark Souls inspired version of the game. Bethesda has also released a blog post detailing all the changes that the new Survival mode provides, transforming the wastelands of the commonwealth into something that is much darker and dangerous than before. 

To start off quicksaves and fast traveling is disabled, allowing the player to only save the game when they sleep in a bed. Healing has also been changed in the game to make stimpacks more valuable and the damage output of enemies have also been increased. The player will also need to eat and drink in order to stay alive, with drugs and anti-rad medications often having some adverse side effects. 


   Survival Mode is something many of us realized we wanted to experiment with once we had spent quality time playtesting Fallout 4 toward the end of its development. At launch, we discovered many of you wanted the same thing. So how did these changes come about?

Two of our designers, Josh Hamrick and Jon Paul Duvall, used our internal Game Jam to visualize what an overhauled Survival Mode might look like in Fallout 4. Thanks to their Game Jam success, we then added several programmers, and they built out many of the ideas we’d all been setting aside while playtesting.

Today, we would like to show you our changes to Survival Mode – how they work and why we added them. We’ll be somewhat vague about the specifics of certain things because we’re looking forward to you discovering them on your own and with each other.


Fallout 4's Survival mode Beta is now on Steam


Below is the 4 pillars that Bethesda has based their new Survival mode on, stating that players will need to be able to adapt and carefully manage their inventory in order to survive in the wastelands.  


Tough Choices

At a high level, we wanted to force you to make interesting choices. We did that by bringing more contrasting motivations to Fallout 4 using the type of circular systems you might find in a game like Dark Souls. (By which we mean, two or more systems that push against each other.) This resulted in four major pillars for Survival Mode.

  1. Strategy: Intensify decisions involving when to get into combat versus when to avoid it, and also make you think more about what gear to take into combat. Then back up those decisions with faster, more brutal fights.

  2. Exploration: Slow down the pace of the game and encourage players to explore the nooks and crannies of the world.

  3. Resource Management: Balance out items in the world that may be too easy to acquire or horde, giving players more to consider when planning their current loadout.

  4. Role Playing: Increase the realism of the world and the issues one might face there.



To access the new Fallout 4 Survival Beta update you need to follow these simple steps.  

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



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