Bethesda are certainly leading the way when it comes to mod support and, more excitingly, bringing mods to console players. Over the last 24 hours, a lot more of that modding strategy was revealed; including mods for Skyrim on next-gen consoles, and reductions in the limitations for mods on Fallout 4 for Xbox One and PS4.
Not to mention the coming enhancements, via DLC, to the settlement building tool. This is just as valid an avenue for modifying and customising your game, and with the additions of elevators, conveyor belts, and other complex machinery, not to mention the ability to build your own Vault into the terrain, well, it adds endless possibilities of customisation.
The great news for console gamers, too, is that Bethesda are actively working to increase the download storage limit for mods to something higher than 2GB. They're currently in talks with both Microsoft and Sony about increasing this limit, according to their roadmap for mod support going into the summer.
There's good news for mod authors, too;
You will not have to manage three separate mod detail pages per platform but will rather have one single location for a Mod that will identify the platforms that your Mod supports.
On top of this, changes to the UI, to help players find and organise their mods easier, as well as improvements to rating and commenting on the mods you download, are also coming. There will also be more back-end features for mod authors, such as analytics, custom version numbering, and the ability to add more screenshots.
There's also major security improvements coming too; you will have to own the game and link your Bethesda.net and Steam account together to be able to submit your PC mods to the console versions, meaning that users found to be violating the "Terms of Service", i.e. stealing mods, run the risk of loosing access to those accounts and the PC game.
The even better news is that all this fine console mod support is also going to make its way to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, when the new Special Edition releases for PS4 and Xbox One later this year; oh, and owners of Legendary Edition, or the standard edition with all DLC packs, get the free upgrade, too, which is awesome.
Bethesda are trailblazing a revolution in the modding scene, and long may it continue; I'm personally super excited to see this be a success and for other developers to start following suit.
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