That’s right. Bethesda announced that there will be no Fallout 4 mods on PS4.
Mods are user-created content that enhance an already existing game. They can add a variety of features, including new quests, models, textures, sounds, weapons, tools, and even gameplay mechanics. While PC gamers have been enjoying mods for years, mods are just beginning to go mainstream for consoles.
The announcement is a setback for console modding. Consoles already face significant challenges when it comes to implementing and distributing mods. Unlike PCs, where users require nothing more than a little bit of savvy (or Google) to install mods, consoles require a built in distribution network. This is due to the restrictive nature of the operating systems consoles run on, which limit a user’s ability to, for example, download and manipulate files on the system’s hard drive. In other words, you can’t mod them so easily.
Mods have the ability to revive the popularity of games. Garry’s Mod, a decade-old mod of Half-Life 2, remains popular on Steam to this day. That’s because Garry’s Mod is constantly updated with user-created content (mods). Modability is an unwritten rule when it comes to producing a good sandbox game.
Open-world games, such as Fallout 4, beg to be modded. Gamers are a creative, innovative group of people. They really love their games, and the most skilled gamers produce mods that spawn games. Dota 2 started as a mod of Warcraft III.
The creativity of the gaming community is an asset to game developers, and console gamers shouldn’t have to miss out on the action. Some people prefer playing consoles. Some people prefer playing PCs. They should both have access to quality mods.
Fallout 4 Mods are Extremely Popular on PC
A quick search of a popular modding website shows thousands of gameplay-enriching mods, ready to be downloaded. As long as they don’t profit from them, Bethesda welcomes mods with open arms. Gamers on PC are only limited by what their imaginations are capable of creating.
Mods in Fallout 4 on PC add new weapons, new quests, new appearances, and could potentially, eventually, add new gameplay mechanics. The more in-depth the change, the longer the community takes to produce it. After several years of a game’s release, the vast variety of mods available for it can be quite impressive.
One of the greatest examples of a game-changing mod came from GTA: San Andreas. San Andreas Multiplayer, or SAMP as it’s known by players, added (online) multiplayer functionality to San Andreas for PC. On SAMP, players could find themselves a wide variety of gamemodes to enjoy, including roleplay based gamemodes. In these gamemodes, players could, for example, become police officers, equipped with handcuffs and other law enforcement tools, and hunt down bad guys. They could also start a business, be a taxi driver, or maybe just do some cool stunts.
SAMP is a testament to the ability of the modding community. Modders added an entire gameplay mechanic, multiplayer (complete with all the networking hell that includes), and made GTA: San Andreas that much more fun. Console gamers should have the opportunity to at least experience a smidgen of this kind of game rejuvenation called modding.
Why Won’t Fallout 4 Mods Come to PS4?
Bethesda is blaming Sony. Originally, it was speculated that Fallout 4 mods would come to PS4 (albeit with a size limit for each mod). After months of patiently waiting, PS4 players have gotten the worst kind news: It’s no longer going to happen. All that patient waiting was for nothing.
Bethesda said it was ready to deliver the mod update to PS4, but blames Sony for killing the plans and cites backroom shenanigans as the cause. We may never know the real reason why Fallout 4 mods won’t come to PS4, but Microsoft wasted no time flaunting the modability of the Xbox One.
Sadly, breaking yet another promise, the Remastered Skyrim edition for PS4 will also be absent of mods. Somewhere, the gaming gods are crying. What a waste.