Well, the time has come. Everyone waiting on some good news when it comes to Fallout 4 mods on PlayStation 4 will have to put that thought to rest (at least for now). After months of back and forth, Bethesda has finally come out with the answer I knew we’d get from the first moment there was pushback:
If you don’t want to click the tweet and be directed to their website, here’s the info:
PS4 Mod Update
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.
So not only do we get a definitive answer for modding regarding Fallout 4 on PS4, but we also get the answer to the next logical question – no mod support for the Skyrim remaster, either, which should have been obvious at this point.
This is a huge blow to Sony in my opinion, and it’s of their own doing. After their latest PlayStation Meeting disappointment, we get more disappointing news. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this will suddenly make PS4 systems stop selling and Xbox Ones the new top dog (Scorpio is the more likely champion), but this will surely have some impact, at the very least on software sales. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if come October and beyond Skyrim fares markedly better on Microsoft’s console. It just makes too much sense to me.
If I’m Microsoft, I’m going to all of my developers now, 1st and 3rd, and getting mod support for as many XBox games as I can. If Sony is gonna have this stance with every game (not just Bethesda ones), that’s a huge competitive edge for them.
And I completely agree. This was my first thought the second I read Bethesda’s news. If I’m Phil Spencer, I’m on the phone, writing emails, sending carrier pigeons – whatever I need to do to get that nugget of info and cooperation into as many devs and publishers minds as I can, especially with Project Scorpio due to release in late 2017. But what do I know? I just write about games and the industry and do it as a 30 year “veteran” of the controller and 20 year fan of the business. Besides, sometimes I can’t even tie my shoes or find the remote for the TV. Would you trust my advice?
Yes. You would. And you should. Because I use velcro on my sneakers.