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Fallout 4 Update 1.4: What’s New

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Settlements Can Defend Themselves

Settlements Can Defend Themselves

The Fallout 4 1.4 patch comes with a big change to the way settlement defense works. 

The update's change log notes that "Settlements under attack will now display an updated message with the results of the attack if player does not respond." What this means is that settlements will now defend themselves. Your intervention, while helpful, isn't necessary.

The image here, taken from Imgur, shows you what it will look like if you decide to avoid helping County Crossing. This person decided to take a nap instead. Well done. 

I enjoy defending the occasional settlement but there are times when your character's hands are tired. Other times, you might simply want to grab some shut eye and leave the dirty work to the people who inhabit your various settlements.

There are numerous changes on board the Fallout 4 1.4 patch but this is probably my favorite. Its been a game-changer for me. 

41 Comments

41 Comments

  1. John

    02/23/2016 at 4:11 pm

    What about the pain train bug? Will it be fixed?

    • Charlie

      04/10/2016 at 12:10 am

      Any of you guys having any trouble with making purofied water in your settlements?

  2. BlackSpider666

    02/26/2016 at 3:52 pm

    Level 4 merchants?

    • Jack

      04/07/2016 at 6:47 pm

      This still hasn’t been fixed?!?!?

      • BlackSpider666

        04/23/2016 at 1:00 pm

        It’s fixed !!! 1.4 fixed it.

  3. chipmunk1225

    02/29/2016 at 11:40 pm

    Wonder why nobody notices this change since the beta
    Your guns no longer automatically reload (full magazine, not like reload animations) when switching between them, either by using the pip boy or favorite shortcuts!
    NOBODY mentions this… Am I the only one who loves this change? Did nobody else care about it breaking immersion before the patch??

    • spAde

      03/01/2016 at 8:19 pm

      Noticed this today. Glad they fixed it. Needed to be, especially since they’re going to upgrade survival mode.

  4. jon

    03/01/2016 at 9:40 am

    settlements could already defend themselves

    • Pablo Hyslop

      03/03/2016 at 1:25 pm

      Sounds like something a synth would say

    • Kalista

      03/08/2016 at 7:02 am

      Not very well. They always lost. I had settlements with defense in excess of 400, only to have everything busted up by a pack of ferals because I was stuck in the bowels of some Glowing Sea govt bunker at the time.

  5. Will ma

    03/03/2016 at 6:54 pm

    I am I. Are you not you, they are them, ect..

  6. john seenya

    03/04/2016 at 5:55 pm

    Cool but i just whant vehicles not that what they are givving is isn’t good but just picture exploring the waste land in you costom ride if you could modify it

    • KD

      03/11/2016 at 2:46 pm

      Jesus..

      • Jesus Christ

        03/19/2016 at 7:53 pm

        Yes my son?

    • Elder astray

      03/11/2016 at 10:56 pm

      This is some borderland chit here…..

  7. oscar

    03/05/2016 at 11:46 am

    when is the console update?? its already the 5th

    • Joe

      03/10/2016 at 6:02 am

      This Friday is the console update. This Adam Mills guy is consistently behind on news. Gottabemobile is not a good source for up to date info.

      • Adam Mills

        03/10/2016 at 8:46 am

        Hi, Joe.

        Show me where they’ve said Friday. They said it should be out before the end of the week. That could mean today, it could mean tomorrow.

        • KD

          03/11/2016 at 2:47 pm

          It was Friday.

  8. Christopher Reszczynski

    03/05/2016 at 5:52 pm

    Would love to go back to the Capital and Mojave wastelands for the dlc.

  9. Hz Premier

    03/07/2016 at 3:43 pm

    Where is console patch pc has had it nearly been a week now after you raise price of season pass you make console players wait while every pc user makes youtube videos about patch and what it contains what happened to everyone gets it at the same time at the end of this week will be mid march not early march will dlc come out on time for console or do pc get that first to

  10. Vault boy

    03/07/2016 at 4:29 pm

    Still no fix for pain train and night person… Disappointing news

  11. Jason D'Engenis

    03/07/2016 at 5:54 pm

    At least you can’t dupe shipments anymore. That was the worst.

  12. Michael

    03/08/2016 at 12:00 pm

    When is the update for the xbox one and ps4 out

  13. Mr Sir

    03/09/2016 at 2:06 pm

    sure thats all nice and dandy. I’d prefer a weapon size selector in the Options menu. It’s ridiculous how a laser/institute rifle has to take up nearly 1/3 of the screen just by being equipped.

  14. Jack

    03/09/2016 at 11:28 pm

    Not excited. Add some new hair or give us the ability to change the color of outfits and armor. Or the ability to add ballistic armor to outfits. Or (and this is on my personal list) the ability to wear head items with the gas masks. Oh yeah and more face items. I don’t expect any of this to ever happen but F it.

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  16. pj1234EC

    03/11/2016 at 3:21 pm

    Lol. Still no fix for happiness glitching. Checked the stats on the pip boy, stats are wrong :/

  17. Cosmo

    03/11/2016 at 4:54 pm

    I had this bug in Sanctuary. I removed all TV’s and radios. I also placed beds on rugs because sometimes the game doesn’t recognize that you placed a bed on the default floor. But once I removed the TV’s and radios from all the Sanctuary houses the bug went away.

  18. Thor

    03/11/2016 at 5:56 pm

    I want real drugs

  19. Alan

    03/11/2016 at 6:29 pm

    They still didn’t make the immersive weapon holsters ughh! Sorry gonna skip out on you on this one Fallout…

  20. Bigby Wolf

    03/12/2016 at 2:59 am

    How about the bug where you walk by a car and it resets and kills you

  21. jeezy lame

    03/12/2016 at 10:57 pm

    anybody know how to dupe shipments since this bullshit update?

  22. Robert

    03/13/2016 at 1:29 pm

    I don’t know why, but as soon as I downloaded the patch, I don’t get any reward notifications, like if I complete a quest, it doesn’t tell me how much I, or it doesn’t say if an intimidation attempt in combat failed, please help.

  23. Anvil 6-6

    03/14/2016 at 7:46 am

    Make vertibirds tougher…

  24. Andre Angel-Bello

    03/27/2016 at 2:45 am

    Will they ever fix the underground undercover glitch to talk to desdemona? I can’t beat the game because I can’t talk to her

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  26. james Jason

    04/09/2016 at 12:15 am

    this isnt the earliest update with meat bags and totems but idk about the other things

  27. Charlie

    04/10/2016 at 12:12 am

    Whats up with making purified water in the settlements?

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