Fallout 76 modding is at least a year away, and then only for private servers

    
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“Fixing” Bethsoft’s games is a time-honored tradition among modders of all stripes, and no doubt the promise of mods in Fallout 76 had amateur tinkerers already champing at the bit to get in there and getting to work. But not so fast: Gamespot’s recent interview with the studio suggests mods are a long way away, and even when they’re ready, they’ll be allowed only on private servers, not the on main game. That part makes sense – but how long are you willing to wait? A month? Half a year?

Try at least a year. Here’s Gamespot’s money quote:

“Mods aren’t coming to Fallout 76 at launch, however. Hines cautioned that mods may not be supported in Fallout 76 until November 2019 at the soonest. ‘It’s going to be a lot of work. But mods and private servers are definitely coming,’ Hines said.”

It’s definitely a bummer; as Gamespot rightly points out, the popularity of both the Fallout and the Elder Scrolls franchises is due largely to the modding communities’ unflagging support for the games long past their due. (She says, with a nod to Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim still installed and tricked out on her PC. Ahem.)

We suppose the next question is this: Will that actually affect your purchase?

Source: Gamespot via RPS. Thanks, Deadly Accurate! <3

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Denice J. Cook

Well, that makes sense I guess as it’s multiplayer, and everybody’s got to be playing the same version.

People could just label their servers by mod types. It could just be an extension of the idea (like in Conan: Exiles) where there are PvP or PvE private server variations…. I don’t know, it could work.

Alas, I could care less because I’m not buying Fallout 76; I’m just saying it could possibly work. Survival games seem to have tons of private servers, if not mostly private servers.

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rafael12104

Meh, my purchase is not based on mods or a private server.

But, I will know fairly soon if such things will be on my to do list in a year.

And, tbh, I want a stable game with several updates to well beyond launch before even considering mods.

Public vs. Private… hmm. Why not allow mods that improve the game overall to be available on public servers? After all, Bethesda is controlling mod approval and the servers at this point anyway.

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Castagere Shaikura

How much you wanna bet when the private servers come the multiplayer server will be empty.

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Alex Willis

Seems like a mis-read of their community. Modded Bethsoft games are legendary. Vanilla Bethsoft games are [CRASH TO DESKTOP]

I get that this game is different. Yes, we should be able to judge it on its own, rather than assuming mods are necessary.

But honestly, there is some mixed messages when it comes to their wheelhouse. People want to mod Bethsoft games. When you tell them, “Yes you can mod this game”, they are going to have that expectation from an early point. I am one of those people.

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Grave Knight

Ah, so won’t be able to play this game till November 2019 at the earliest. Probably more like 2020.

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MrNastyButler

Still a strong pass on this. Might come back and re-evaluate it in a year or two.

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Sorenthaz

Wonder if they’ll try to shove paid mods into this as well. Wouldn’t be surprised if they try to push for server hosts that cost $$$ instead of letting folks privately host from their computers.

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Connor

I don’t think there’s any doubt on either claim.

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hurbster

So it will be at least a year until I think about buying this.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

so curious to me that they didn’t just make a multi-player version of their single player, story driven rpgs. You know 2-12 players can all live in the same world on a private server but the game isnt a survival sandbox its like their single player games but for multiple people. let people have like 6 character slots each. have mod support. bethesda is insane for not doing this. can play against each other, with each other, whatever.

why do these games always have to be survival sandboxes? its asinine.

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Grave Knight

Because it’s easier to design. Consider that this isn’t even a fully fleshed out game, it’s really just a test on the multiplayer system they designed for FO4 but never implemented and if to see if there is any real interest in multiplayer.

That being said, I don’t know why they wanted it set in an era where there is practically nothing interesting. Enclave isn’t active. Brotherhood isn’t active. Institute isn’t active. For some reason humans don’t exist in the waste (despite lore from both Black Isle and Bethesda confirming there were human survivors). Nor do I understand why they think they need it to be Rust Lite. I rather have Borderlands: Fallout Edition.

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BalsBigBrother

Wait there are going to be private servers? I wonder how much that is going to cost on top of the box price because that would be interesting to me if it meant I could host my own server (at a reasonable cost) so I can single player the game on my own terms.

Every time something comes up about this game all it does it is throw up more questions in my mind rather than giving me solid answers that will sway me towards a purchase.

In any case if I ever do purchase this which at this point seems quite unlikely I will probably be waiting right along with DeadlyAccurate

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Tanek

Just wait until it is announced that it will only be private servers rented direct from Bethesda and only with approved mods from their store.

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BalsBigBrother

Yup I am pretty sure that will be the case.

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Googlefu threw this up at me:

On August 27, Pete Hines stated on Twitter that while you will eventually be able to set up your own private server, the hosting will always be through Bethesda. You won’t be able to host your own server on your own hardware, as can be done with a game like Minecraft.

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Grave Knight

Eh, bet you one of the first big mods will remove that limitation.

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Chris Clark

This is my plan as well. By the time we near private servers, we should hopefully see some sales, and I’ll try and get the game as a steep discount. Like $20 I hope. Then get a private server, lock it, and explore the map and shoot mobs for a week or so then shut it all down and move on. The map and environment is the only reason why I’ll play this game, but only if I can get it cheap.