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.