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Bethesda Abandons Fallout 4 Mods, Blames Sony

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In a tersely-worded statement this morning, Bethesda Softworks announced that PS4 players will not be getting mods for Fallout 4 or the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition. In a bold and unusual move, they’ve pointed the finger directly at Sony.

Here’s the full text of their statement (emphasis ours):

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.

Sony has not commented on the situation. Based on the wording above, it seems unlikely they will.

It’s frustrating to see promises to players destroyed over a conference table. Technical issues are one thing; endless and unresolvable disagreements between companies are an entirely different problem. Let’s hope this bad blood doesn’t leak over into future Bethesda products on Sony’s hardware.

(Source: Bethesda.net)
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
How big of a fanboy are you. Holy cow
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
care to elaborate or is that all you've got?

I've got numerous examples of Bethesda's poor track record with the Playstation brand. What have you got?
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
I don't really see how he's being a fanboy. It's widely known that Bethesda has had a piss-poor relationship with Sony and their fans on PlayStation. It's been an ongoing trend for nearly 10 years and it's still going on, evidently. Is it possible that each and every issue for their games has been on Sony's end? Yeah. Is it likely? No.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Do you really think Bethesda would risk not only their reputation, but also a lawsuit by making false accusations against Sony? It's clear Sony has some things to sort out in regards to being too strict to allow modded or unfinished games. Ark for example has also blamed Sony for not allowing them to release on the console.

It's just very evident that Sony is holding certain games back, and it's only hurting us gamers. To blame Bethesda in this case - which is a case not anything close to rare for Sony in this generation - is ridiculous.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
I agree that Bethesda and Sony have a piss-poor relationship, but this goes beyond their games. Sony is too damn strict when it comes to any sort of mods or in-development games and it's hurting their own fanbase. Also N NO GOD , he has a ****** ps4 master race avatar if that gives you any kind of indication of how big a fanboy he actually is.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Don't blame Bethesda just because you're a butthurt fanboy.

You probably blamed Bethesda when your PS3 couldn't run Skyrim too.

It's like saying it's Xbox's fault Sony won't allow cross play. Sony is a ****** company, just come to grips with it.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
"Don't blame Bethesda just because you're a butthurt fanboy."

And this is why your comment is automatically being discarded as nonsense. Come back when you learn to act like a mature adult and have something to contribute to the conversation without your idiotic and quite immature fanboy remarks.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
When you're spewing bulls*** with that avatar no one takes you seriously to begin with.

Because putting the blame on someone else is the mature thing to do...
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Spewing bulls***?

Oh please do elaborate on that, kid.

I presented all Bethesda's shortcomings when it comes to Playstation.

All you've done is tried to turned this into a pissing contest as well as bringing that idiotic console war bs into this.

Bethesda screwed up as per usual when it comes to playstation. Plain and simple.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
And again, it was Bethesda's fault when PS3 couldn't run Skyrim or when Sony was going to restrict mods to begin with because they're paranoid about their console being exploited?

All you do is shift the blame to fit your agenda.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Lol, this kid. Bethesda didn't f*** up, it's literally Sony preventing them from doing this. Sony is preventing who knows how many companies from allowing in-game mods or in-development games on their system.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Yes. It was Bethesda's fault.

Ever heard the term, lazy developer?

Let's see..1024 games or so released on the ps3. Many of those are AAA games that performed just fine on the system.

Then there's Bethesda games.. Let's see.. Fallout 3, ran like **** and had a delay in receiving DLC.

Fallout New Vegas, ran like **** and had a delay in receiving DLC.

Skyrim, ran like **** and had a delay in receiving DLC.

Did Fallout 4 break this cycle? Almost but not quite and still experienced the worst performance issues of the two consoles. At least DLC has been delivered on time.

Bethesda is a **** developer that is in Microsoft's pocket. If you can't see that, you're just a blind fanboy.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
I'd also like to point the many flaws in this fool's argument. Firstly, this is no matter of performance considering the PS4 actually does out-perform the Xbox by a slight difference. Secondly, we didn't bring this console war debate up, you did that in your original post by saying certain companies side with Xbox over Sony. Thirdly, you say Bethesda was doing this for the money, but did you even think to realize they are charging absolutely nothing for mod support on PC and Xbox One? Sure they have a potential market with PlayStation users who want mods, but the overwhelming majority of PS4 Fallout players already own the game, thus costing them nothing. It's people like you that give consoles a bad name as a whole.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
No matter of performance?

Are you kidding me? Bethesda's FIRST excuse for delayed mod support was LITERALLY A PERFORMANCE ISSUE.

Second, YOU (being both) turned this into a toxic comment section. One can't leave the immature comments alone. The other is a blind fanboy defending a lazy developer.

Thirdly, Bethesda made the promise of mods on Playstation WELL before it's release. If that's not duping people to get their money I don't know what is.

It's people like you that are a big part of the reason the video game industry is going to ****. Apologists like you that defend lazy developers that lie to their fans. That don't deliver on their promises. That deliver a sub par product.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Mate, how the f*** are they supposed to deliver on something when Sony won't allow it?
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
You criticize lazy developing and like Call of Duty, at the same time. You can't make this **** up.

The majority of multi-plats looked better on 360, the PS3 was a pain in the *** to develop for. There's no reason for Bethesda to make 2 separate versions of the game they spent 5+ years on because Sony decided to make a console that was so temperamental. http://kotaku.com/5885358/why-skyrim-didnt-play-nice-with-the-ps3

The PS3 was notorious for being plagued with countless issues, difficulty to develop on, ****** network, ****** security (both in terms of accounts and the console itself), etc. But I'm sure those are all Bethesda's fault too.

This has nothing to do with Bethesda at all, they wanted mods on all consoles, Sony got paranoid and wouldn't allow mods past a certain size or any audio files, and eventually chickened out of it entirely. Their console has poor security (again) and they know it.

Xbox and PC are embracing cross play while Sony sits in a corner and says no, and says the same to backwards compatibility as well.

The problem is with Sony, do some reading on it and you'll see the majority of PS4 owners are willing to admit it.

If reality hurts your feelings, I'm sorry.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Oh yes.

Let's all sit back and pretend like this is sony's doing. That's the cool thing to do nowadays right?

No. This is Bethesda being Bethesda. History repeats itself and Bethesda's history is a clear indication of that.

Did you ever stop to think, hey maybe Sony was going allow mods, but under their terms and Bethesda decided to back out instead of implementing what Sony wanted? Because I would be willing to bet you anything that's exactly what this is a case of. Especially knowing just how lazy of a developer they are.

Same old engine, same old gameplay, same old **** performance.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
Literally everything you're saying is wrong.

God bless, denial is hilarious to watch.
 
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Not that unusual for Bethesda to leave a bad taste in Playstation gamers mouths. They did it with past games performing poorly and not optimized properly and made it clear to the everyone they prefer Xbox, further confirming that with their promotion of fallout 4 using Xbox and giving timed exclusive features. Nothing wrong with that though, there are plenty of developers that prefer Playstation so it goes both ways.

With all that in mind, I'm not inclined to believe them when they point the finger at Sony. They have been very vague about this whole thing and you could tell mod support on ps4 was never a priority for them from the start. They only brought it up so they could get their money from hopeful Playstation users and are now running with their money.

Shot yourself in the foot with this one Bethesda. Expect to see the skyrim remaster take a hit in sales on the playstation side.
How retarded are you? It literally says Sony won't allow the mods, I don't know how you're so oblivious to this. Honestly, why the hell would Bethesda spend so much money importing mods to consoles and back out because "We're lazy devs and don't want to let PS4 users have mods"?
 
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