In a short blog post this morning, Bethesda revealed why mods had yet to come to the PlayStation 4 version of Fallout 4, despite being on Xbox One for months now.
According to Bethesda, Sony has blocked the use of user mods that “can do anything they want.” Apparently Sony wants to put limits on the mods that will be available, which Bethesda seems opposed to.
Sony’s decision will also affect the forthcoming remaster The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition.
It’s been a rough couple of days for Sony, and this news isn’t going to help any. Fallout and Elder Scrolls are two of the biggest franchises in gaming, and Sony is going to want every bullet point it can get to argue why their console is the one to play them on. This news follows the reaction to the PlayStation 4 Pro which has been less than stellar, with many wondering how attractive the few technical upgrades would be to consumers.
Xbox and its execs have been having a grand, old time, though, bragging that their cheaper Xbox One S can do things the PS4 Pro can’t, and, not so subtly pointing out that the Xbox One has mods that, for now, the PS4 won’t be getting.
Banning user mods for two massively popular games is a bad look for Sony, so it’s possible they’ll reverse their decision after seeing the negative backlash from Bethesda’s post, but for now, if you want to get your mod on, you’ll have to do it on Xbox.
Or just get a PC already.
You can read Bethesda’s full blog post below.
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.