In a somewhat unprecedented move, Bethesda has publicly called out Sony for blocking mods for Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition.
Writing on their official blog, the stewards of DOOM, Wolfenstein, and The Elder Scrolls wrote that despite months of development and discussions, Sony has refused to allow Fallout 4 mods to work on PlayStation. As a result, mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Remastered are now Xbox One and PC exclusive.
"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."
The last couple of weeks has not been great for Sony. Considering the lukewarm response to the feature-incomplete PS4 Pro. The recent price hike for PSN. Their refusal to allow cross-play between Xbox One, PC and PS4, and their past, frankly strange comments about EA Access not offering good value. It's beginning to feel like Sony's sales lead is leading the company down an arrogant path.
Even if you're not a fan of Fallout 4 or Skyrim, Sony's decision sets a disappointing precedent for the future of mods on the PlayStation platform. At least for now, it would seem that mods for Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim Remaster will be exclusive to Xbox One and PC. If enough PlayStation fans voice their concerns, perhaps Sony will (rightfully) reverse their decision, but that of course remains to be seen.