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Bethesda shelves Fallout 4 and Skyrim mod support on PS4, blames Sony

Bethesda's ongoing discussions with Sony regarding PS4 mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim have stalled, casting the future of the initiative in doubt.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

September 9, 2016

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Bethesda's ongoing discussions with Sony regarding PS4 mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim have stalled, casting the future of the initiative in doubt. 

In a Bethesda.net blog post, the studio revealed that after months of discussions the PlayStation creator has refused to approve user mods "the way they should work.”

As Bethesda puts it, modding should mean users "can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition." Sony, it seems, begs to differ, and although it isn't explicitly stated, it's heavily implied the console maker would only approve mods with restrictions in place. 

"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," wrote Bethesda. 

"We consider this an important initiative and we hope to find other ways user mods can be available for our PlayStation audience."

So, while Bethesda hasn't thrown in the towel just yet, it doesn't look like the PS4 will be getting mod support anytime soon. On the other side of the console coin, mod support arrived on Microsoft's Xbox One back in May. 

We've reached out to Sony for comment. 

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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