For games such as Elder Scrolls and Fallout, mods are a big deal, exponentially increasing the lifespan of these games for years after their launch, and a big part of this is the modding tools that allow people to create them easily in such large numbers.
However, Bethesda’s VP of Marketing Pete Hines told IGN that the modding tools for Fallout 4 will not be available at launch. This is not unusual though as the tools for Skyrim, Fallout 3 and Oblivion all came out post release also.
“Nobody cares about mods if the game sucks,” said Hines. “This has always been our philosophy. We shift energy to construction tools, the creation kit, and all of that stuff once the game is done, and we start to figure out what all of that is going to look like.”
The game is essentially complete, with them currently bug fixing and optimizing for release, but they are also building the system for the modding tools. The biggest difficulty they are having is a system that works for all platforms does not exist yet.
“The idea is that [the tools] will work on all platforms, but the truth is the system doesn’t exist,” continued Hines. “It’s still being built and worked on and it’s going to take awhile. It’s going to take clearly into next year because we can’t even start it”
Bethesda games tend to work extremely well with modding being some of the biggest titles within the modding community, and the toolsets supplied by the company are a major part of that. There are mods of all sizes, from weapons and reskins to complete overhauls making the games even more atmospheric. Also, Bethesda games like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout tend to be buggy at launch, but modders tend to be quick on the trigger with unofficial patches fixing the majority of problems quickly after launch.
While the modding tools might not be available until sometime next year, that won’t stop modders from creating content, so keep your eyes peeled on websites such as Nexus Mods.
No doubt many of you PC gamers have plenty of experenece with mods, but soon enough console gamers will get to experience them too. What mods would you like to see in Fallout 4, and what mods have you enjoyed in the past? Let us know in the comments!