Publisher Bethesda Softworks has rolled out the Creation Kit open beta on PC for its hugely popular action-RPG, Fallout 4. The feature introduces official support for community-created mods and offers players the chance to create new mods via the same tools used by the developers to build the core game.
The beta version of Fallout 4's Creation Kit is available to download now on Steam. As for the long-awaited release of Fallout 4 mods on home consoles, Bethesda also confirmed a May launch for Xbox One, with PS4 arriving a month later in June.
"The life of Fallout 4 in your hands is going to take us all places none of us anticipated," Fallout 4 director Todd Howard said in an announcement video showcasing the kit's features. Showing off its new modding tools, the video features a version of the game's hulking Power Armour with a number of equestrian adaptations — a nod to Bethesda's now-infamous horse armour DLC in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Using a Bethesda.net account and the Creation Kit, players will be able to create their own quests, environments, outfits, dialogue and more. Developers have also included a hub that allows fans to discover, download, rate and give feedback on other users' tweaks as well.
"We believe that our games become something much more special, when we put the power of creation in your hands," Bethesda said in a statement. "New quests, environments, characters, dialogue, outfits, weapons and more — with Mods, the possibilities of what you can do are endless. You are creating new experiences that enhance and take our games into amazing and surprising new directions."
Since Fallout 4's release in November 2015, the game has seen a wildly diverse range of mods including an improved map, full dialogue descriptions, lightsabers and even a ridiculous mod which turned the game's terrifying Deathclaws into vicious reincarnations of former WWE wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage.
Gamers looking to try these custom creations in the past would have to dig through third-party websites and install them. The new system, however, allows players to search for and install cool new mods from within the game itself. For the first time, console users will be able to access these custom enhancements that PC users have enjoyed thus far.
Bethesda says it plans to "update and evolve" modding in the future and encourages users to leave feedback in its forums.
Players looking to access the Creation Kit will need to run the game's 1.5 update in Steam Beta. As described by Bethesda, here's how to opt into the 1.5 update:
Fallout 4 recently won the best game at the Bafta Game Awards 2016, marking Bethesda's first win for the series.
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