Fallout 4 Script Extender Mods and F4SE after Next Gen Update

Love playing Fallout 4 using mods? You might have to hold on a bit longer before updating to the next gen version if you plan to keep using your mods and the script extender.

If you have played any Fallout game then you know modding is a big part of it. As such, the modders everywhere are curious about if there are any updates for the Fallout 4 Script Extender next gen update. This is important because the next-gen version of the base game just dropped and changes things around. However, this doesn’t make it immediately compatible with the last F4SE version. Additionally, both the script extender and the game’s version need to work with each other for your mods to work properly.

For those that are new to modding, Fallout 4 Script Extender or F4SE “is a modder’s resource that expands the scripting capabilities of Fallout 4. It does so without modifying the executable files on disk, so there are no permanent side effects.”.

Using Fallout 4 Script Extender and Mods after Next Gen Update

How To Keep Using F4SE After Fallout 4 Script Extender Next Gen Update
Image Credits: Bethesda Game Studios. How to go back to the previous Fallout 4 version to use Script Extender and mods. Downgrade the next-gen update.

You need to ensure you do not update the game to the latest version. Or downgrade the game to the previous version so that F4SE, the game, and mods are compatible with each other again. Before we check the steps for it, here is the current update on the F4SE update for next-gen compatibility by the F4SE team:

“The 2024-04-25 Fallout 4 update (1.10.980 and later) has broken F4SE and the rest of the native code modding scene similarly to Skyrim’s “Anniversary Edition” patch. I am working on an update and cannot currently offer a timeline for its availability or whether there will be any critical technical issues that would block an update.” The team asks you not to email them with questions, and you can check out the Nexus Thread for more.

  • Prevent Fallout 4 Update: The best way not to let Fallout 4 get updated is by launching it from the F4SE_loader. Make sure you also change your Steam settings so that it doesn’t auto-update the game in the background:
    1. Open Steam and go to your Library.
    2. Right-click on Fallout 4 and choose Properties.
    3. Go to the Updates tab and choose “Only update this game when I launch it.”

Now, make sure you don’t run it from Steam or from its exe you can either launch it from the F4SE_loader.exe, add this to Steam and launch it from there, or use Vortex to launch the game.

  • Downgrade Fallout 4 to the previous version: You will have to use Steam Console for it to work. Before we check it, thanks to user Destructionares on Nexus forums for sharing this method. You can check out their comment in this post here. Now here is how it works.
    1. Open any browser of your choice and enter this URL: steam://nav/console
    2. Download the following Depots:
      • download_depot 377160 377162 5847529232406005096
      • download_depot 377160 377161 7497069378349273908
      • download_depot 377160 377163 5819088023757897745
      • download_depot 377160 377164 2178106366609958945
      • download_depot 377160 435870 1691678129192680960
      • download_depot 377160 435871 5106118861901111234
      • download_depot 377160 435880 1255562923187931216
    3. Copy and paste the contents of these folders inside your Fallout directory.
    4. Next, go to your Fallout 4 directory and go to the Data folder.
    5. Here, cut and paste all the files that start with “ccBG” to another folder.
    6. This should now revert the update, now launch the game offline.

F4SE and your mods should now work properly as they did previously. In case you mess up some steps, you can uninstall and reinstall the game to start over.

That is all for the Fallout 4 Script Extender next-gen update and how to save F4SE and your mods to keep them working. If you are having trouble setting up the script extender then you should check out our detailed guide on how to install F4SE. Speaking of modding, also check out this list of best mods for Fallout 4 that you must try!