It has been months since Bethesda Studios announced they will be letting PS4 gamers play Fallout 4 player-created mods on their console – 3 months to be exact. When PS4 gamers heard the news about playing mods on the console, a rarity in the console world, they thought it was too good to be true but were excited about the possibility. However, according to Polygon, it looks like it was too good to be true as Besthesda announced today on their website that they are giving up on plans to implement mods on the PS4. Plans for the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition to be released with fan-created mods will also be scrapped by Bethesda.
Back in June, during the E3 conference, Bethesda initially promised that PlayStation 4 would be coming out with modding support for Fallout 4. After Xbox One got the mod support feature, Bethesda developers were also hoping to provide the same to PS4 gamers. They also made the announcement that when they released their remastered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition (Oct. 28th) they’d be releasing it with mod support as well.
But a few weeks after their E3 announcement, Bethesda quickly ran into some technological trouble. Bethesda admitted to running into several problems with memory and performance issues on the PS4 console. They later struggled with the PS4’s proprietary sound file format, and a Sony-imposed mod storage limit of 900 MB (compared to a full 2 GB on the Xbox One). However, despite all these difficulties, it is reported that by the end of June Bethesda was “close to ready” at the time to a closed beta. But it seems like Bethesda wasn’t able to get past some of these limitations so they delayed the beta indefinitely and now they are scrapping the plans altogether.
Here’s their official statement on their website:
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.
Xbox One players have been playing Fallout 4 with mod support for months now. The gaming community provides a ton of useful and superfluous upgrades for PS4 players, which unfortunately will be left out of the loop.