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Fallout 4 survival mode out of beta on PC & coming to consoles soon

It’s been tweaked and changed in optional beta form since March but Fallout 4 (opens in new tab)’s ultra hard survival mode has now had a full release on Steam as part of update 1.5. Bethesda's Pete Hines has previously said that the patch would be submitted to consoles after a full release on PC, so we should only have a matter of weeks to wait before cranking the difficulty up to painful on PS4 and Xbox One.

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You can see the full details of the 1.5 patch here (opens in new tab) on the Bethesda forums but the new survival mode makes life in the wasteland significantly more stressful. Fast travel is no more, enemies are far more lethal and won’t show up on your mini map, disease is a serious issue and, just like in real life, you can’t quick save or manual save anymore. You have to find a bed to sleep in to mark your progress.

Who said the apocalypse was meant to be fun again? Oh yeah, no one. 

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Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.