When Nintendo officially unveiled the Nintendo Switch almost a year ago (wow, how the time has flown), the gaming community was surprised and thrilled to see shots of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being played on the system. It took a few months to get official confirmation of the port, and we still have yet to get a solid release date for it, but there is a new tidbit of information that’s sure to sour some spirits, even if it’s not all that surprising. According to Bethesda VP Pete Hines, Skyrim on Switch currently has no plans to support mods.
US Gamer was able to confirm this with Hines at a recent hands-on event with the game. Official mod support has been a major talking point for several of Bethesda’s games in the past few years, with Microsoft fully embracing the effort while Sony has had many more difficulties in getting mods up and running on the PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, it sounds like Nintendo will be even further behind these two; whether this is due to their own reluctance to offer mods or because Bethesda couldn’t get it to work on the Switch is unknown. Both seem entirely plausible explanations.
This news will almost certainly affect the game’s performance sales-wise, as fanmade mods have served as a major reason for Skyrim‘s ongoing popularity. The Switch version will introduce a few neat additions like motion controls and the Breath of the Wild-inspired content, but I fear those can only take this version of the game so far on their own.
That said, what do you think of this development? Does the lack of mod support make you any more or less likely to grab Skyrim on the Switch? Let us know in the comments!
Source: US Gamer