As Expected, Fallout 4 Requires a Download on PC, Even if You Bought a Disc

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For some developers, gone are the days of buying a game disc and being able to simply play the game from said disc from the get-go. Bethesda is no stranger to this, and now we’ve learned that PC users looking to pick up Fallout 4 are going to have to download things to install it.

The news comes via Pete Hines, Bethesda’s Vice President of PR and Marketing, who said over on Twitter last week that even if you pick up the physical PC release (which includes a Steam key anyway), despite the disc having “actual install data,” you’ll still need to download files from Steam.

In a follow-up response, he said: “You will still have to download from Steam. The disc doesn’t contain the entire game.”

While this isn’t completely unexpected, the main reasoning behind this kind of install (aside from the data cap for DVDs, as compared to Blu-ray discs for consoles) was confirmed by Hines: “Piracy.”

In another response to fans reacting to his piracy statement, Hines was pretty firm and wouldn’t back down. “We’ve been doing it this way more or less for 10+ years,” he said. “Seems to be doing ok. Lots of people bought Skyrim, Wolf, etc.”

Are you looking to get Fallout 4 on PC? If you had the option to own the game DRM-free, would that (clearly) be a superior option?

Fallout 4 is launching across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10th. The game just recently went gold, so it’s primed for release.

Brandon Orselli


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