Love it or hate it, Bethesda’s semi-controversial Creation Club — their new take on paid/outsourced mods — is due out any day now. According to Bethesda, the Fallout 4 version of Creation Club may be coming sooner than anyone expected. In a series of tweets, Bethesda revealed that the Fallout 4 version of Creation Club is “almost ready,” with the Steam Beta version being available right now.
It's easier to explain Creation Club by trying it yourself. All #Fallout4 players will get 100 Credits to start.
— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) August 28, 2017
With this in mind, Bethesda also mentioned that news about Creation Club content for Skyrim: Special Edition would be coming within the next few weeks.
For those out of the loop, Creation Club is a newly-developed program for Bethesda, allowing mod creators to make premium mods that will work across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Unlike standard mods — which will remain free when this new product launches — Creation Club mods will allow achievements and trophies to remain enabled.
More importantly for creators, the mod designers will now be paid for their work (given that these new mods must be bought with in-game premium currency). Further, Creation Club mods are targeted as “premium” because they must first be vetted and tested by the Bethesda team, and can’t simply lean on old mods that are available for free.
According to Bethesda, these Creation Content mods can take the shape of many forms: weapons, armor, world building, characters, new creatures and even gameplay enhancements. At the moment though, the selection is more limited — mostly new wardrobes (like the frankly stunning Prey Space Suit), chrome Pip-Boys, and Power Horse Armor.
Bethesda has always has been on shaky territory with Creation Club given their past-history of promoting paid mods. Only two years ago, Bethesda and Valve tried pushing the practice which resulted in an immediate (and understandable) backlash from consumers and an entire removal of the policy. Now, with the option to let players both enjoy free mods and the paid premium options, it will be interesting to see how the community reacts.
Fallout 4 is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One — hopefully we will see Creation Club launch soon for the latter two consoles. Meanwhile, PC players can check out Creation Club now by opting in to the game’s Beta. Meanwhile, check out the gallery of current Creation Club content, below: