Bethesda announced they would be finally bringing Mod support to consoles for Fallout 4. Set to release on Xbox One first and to appear on PlayStation 4 “sometime later,” it would be the first, and as of yet only, time mods were available on anything but PC.
On May 31st, Bethesda made the seemingly impossible, possible. Fallout 4 on Xbox One received full mod support. It was a great time to be a console gamer. Finally, we too could have Randy Savage Deathclaws.
PlayStation 4 owners looked on, envious of Xbox One players. The only solace, it would just be a short while before they could join in on the fun.
Flash forward to “sometime later,” and we finally heard what was up with the now 3 month delay of mod support for the PS4. It’s not good.
“After months of discussion with Sony, we regret to say that while we have long been ready to offer mod support on PlayStation 4, Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition.
Like you, we are disappointed by Sony’s decision given the considerable time and effort we have put into this project, and the amount of time our fans have waited for mod support to arrive. We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience. However, until Sony will allow us to offer proper mod support for PS4, that content for Fallout 4 and Skyrim on PlayStation 4 will not be available.
We will provide an update if and when this situation changes.”
This depressing news is what greets visitors to Bethesda’s site. Some takeaways from this update are that Bethesda has been fighting for gamers and fans with Sony over mod support for months. First it was size restrictions placed on the mods. The reason for some of these restrictions, according to Sony, was that a lot of the features in the mods would disrupt the game or just weren’t compatible with the proprietary systems in Sony’s machine.
Now, Bethesda is flat-out saying Sony is being uncooperative. As of yet Sony hasn’t responded to anyone’s request for comment. This, on top of some of the admittedly disappointing facts about their new PS4 Pro, is not a good look for Sony. Especially because they are going for maximum market penetration this holiday season and will be up against a machine, the Scorpio, that can do mods among other things. Hopefully Sony and Bethesda can find some sort of solution here.
Does this news change any purchase plans for you geeks this holiday? Are you already neck deep in mods on the PC? Let us know where you stand in the comments.