Mods have long been a part of Bethesda’s games on the PC scene, and lately the company has been working to introduce mod support to console versions as well. Fallout 4 has been at the forefront of this effort, and they succeeded in bringing mods to the Xbox One version back in May; PlayStation 4, on the other hand, has seen some difficulties. While we thought that this was due to technical issues, a new update from Bethesda provides a very different explanation: Sony is refusing to allow them to bring mods to the console, at least in the capacity that Bethesda wants.
“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.” — Bethesda
Bethesda has been quite welcoming of modder culture in their titles, which often go far beyond fixing bugs—entire new areas, characters, and adventures often spring up in new mods, drastically increasing the lifespan of their titles. It sounds like Sony may not share their ideals on this matter, though perhaps that will change now that this message has been posted. Fans are not likely to take this too kindly, so Sony could be facing some serious public backlash if they don’t change their tune.
Have you been eagerly awaiting the arrival of mod support for Bethesda games on Sony consoles? Are you upset by this news, or were you already sort of expecting it after the lengthy delay of the service? Do you think Sony will reverse their decision any time soon? Let us know in the comments!