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Sony has blocked release of modding tools for Fallout 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition on PS4

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Fallout 4‘s modding tools have been available to Xbox One owners since the Spring, and Bethesda has continually promised to bring the feature to PS4 owners as well. However, a new statement on the publisher’s website revealed that Sony is currently blocking the addition of mod support to the PS4 version of the game:

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.

According to Bethesda, this ban also applies to the upcoming launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition. The publisher will continue to work with Sony to come to some kind of agreement, but until then, mods will not be available in either Fallout 4 or the Skyrim Special Edition on the PS4.

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Bethesda reveals Fallout 4 add-ons, Fallout Shelter for PC, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for PC, PS4, Xbox One

Bethesda’s Game Director, Todd Howard, delivered an update on the studio’s future projects at the publisher’s E3 Press Conference tonight. And that includes three upcoming add-ons for Fallout 4 that might be closer to release than you realize.

First up is Contraptions, an add-on that’ll let players build wildly-connected do-hickeys such as elevators, track kits, sorting machines, and conveyor belts. Players will also be able to adorn their settlements with armor and weapon racks, and they’ll be able to do it beginning next week. In July, the Vault-Tec Workshop add-on will be released, which will set players… wait for it… build their own Vaults and experiment on dwellers. Finally, in August, Bethesda will launch Nuka-World, the final major expansion for Fallout 4.

But wait, Howard wasn’t done yet. He also revealed that Fallout Shelter will be released for the PC this July, and the oft-rumored The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be remastered for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on October 28.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition will include a ton of enhanced graphical tricks including remastered art effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, new snow shaders, and new water shaders.

Oh, and PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to play mods in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition as well.

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Bethesda says Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim paid mods “didn’t pan out”

elderscrollsvskyrimboxYesterday, Bethesda’s Pete Hines sat down with GameSpot to talk about the paid mods feature that came to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim back in April. Whether it was due to the ludicrous money revenue split that resulted in modders only receiving 25% per, the lack of quality control, the fact that modders where stealing assets from one another, or simply the fact that people had to suddenly start paying for things that used to be free, no one seemed to like Steam’s paid mod feature. Needless to say, the monetization model proved controversial and received criticism from nearly every corner of the Steam and Skyrim communities.

As a result, Bethesda suspended the program almost as soon as it started, amidst accusations that the Art of the Catch mod was using stolen assets from another mod. In his conversation with GameSpot, Hines explained that Bethesda came up with the idea for allowing modders to charge for their mods after receiving a request from the modding community:

“We had creators who said, ‘I’ve been asking for donations for years and never saw anything, and I made more in one day.’ So why would I not support that?”

In addition to probing Hines about the fairness of the revenue split, GameSpot also asked if there was any way the program could come back. Hines diplomatically said it was possible, but that the company was focused on “bigger fish” (like Fallout 4) at the moment:

“I honestly, genuinely, don’t know what it means for the future. It was an idea we worked on with those guys for Skyrim; it didn’t pan out. It came back down.”

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“I think our stance on it is we’re going to re-evaluate it going forward. I think that we feel like there is a case to be made that people who spend a lot of time working on mods ought to be able to have a way of monetizing what they’re doing.

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“Honestly, [we have] bigger fish to fry right now than sorting that out.”

Even if the program returns in some form, Todd Howard, the Game Director of Fallout 4, previously said (to Kotaku) that there are “no plans” to add paid mods to Fallout 4.

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The Elder Scrolls and Theology to be released next month

elderscrollsandtheologyFormer Warp Zoned Contributor Joshua Wise has been plenty busy over the last year. In addition to working on his PhD, Wise found time to edit Past the Sky’s Rim: The Elder Scrolls and Theology. As you may have guessed from the title, the book explores the religious underpinnings of the Elder Scrolls series, giving particular emphasis to Bethesda’s 2011 smash hit, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:

The Elder Scrolls series has entranced gamers for two decades with its deep mythology, complex history, and intriguing locations. Players have explored a world in The Elder Scrolls rich with kings, demons, heroes, magic, and gods. Past the Sky’s Rim: The Elder Scrolls and Theology engages with the world from the perspective of academic theology and religious studies. Within these pages, scholars ask what it means to become a god, to die alone in the solitude of Vvardenfell, and to live in a world with different afterlives for different people. Attempting to move beyond a shallow engagement, Past the Sky’s Rim considers video games as serious media capable of transmitting important ideas to those who engage with them and invites readers to think more deeply about what games can say about ultimate realities.

Past the Sky’s Rim: The Elder Scrolls and Theology will be available through your favorite bookseller (including Amazon) on April 15.

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New Releases: Remember Me, Skyrim Legendary Edition, Minecraft Xbox 360, More

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Welcome to Summer! As is customary in the video game industry, the Summer is a notoriously slow time for new releases, but several new games and several big re-releases will be available in stores this first week of June.

This week’s biggest new release is Capcom’s Remember Me. The developers at Dontnod will bring their dystopian future of memory hunters and arena fighting (it’s like two great Arnold movies in one!) to the PS3, Xbox 360, and the PC through Steam.

Also available this week is the disc-based edition of Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. Complete with all of the game’s updates, if you don’t like the idea of the Xbox Live Arcade (and considering Microsoft’s new policies, it’s understandable), now’s the best time to get Minecraft on your Xbox 360. And speaking of re-releases repackaged with tons of DLC, Bethesda will release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Legendary Edition this week for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

Skyrim’s Legendary Edition will be joined this week by Mojang’s similarly-named card battler Scrolls (PC). It will available through their website as a “paid beta,” much like the original release of Minecraft.

Finally this week, the epic “Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness” storyline comes to an end as Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 will be released for the PC and Xbox Live Indie Games Channel on Friday.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition to be available on June 4

skyrim-legendaryWere you holding off on purchasing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim until Bethesda collected all of the game’s DLC expansions in one package? Well, you won’t have to wait much longer as the publisher officially announced the “Legendary Edition” of the game today.

Available for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on June 4, the “Legendary Edition” includes the original game, all three DLC expansions (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn), and a variety of additional features (combat cameras, mounted combat, Legendary difficulty mode, and Legendary skills) Bethesda has added to the game since its release in 2011.

All of this can be yours for the suggested retail price of $59.99.

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PSN Today: Star Wars Pinball, Uncharted 3, Skyrim: Dawnguard, Persona 2, more

starwarspinball-logoIt’s another big day for the PSN as a treasure trove of new games and add-ons are now available on the PlayStation Store. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Leading off the week is the “Star Wars Pinball” add-on for Zen Pinball 2. The collection includes three tables: one starring everyone’s favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett; one based on The Empire Strikes Back; and one based on the Clone Wars cartoon.

Also available this week is the Game of the Year Edition of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, as well as Uncharted 3 Multiplayer, a standalone download of Uncharted 3’s multiplayer mode. The free-to-play version caps your progress at Level 15, but a paid version allows you to rack up as many levels as you can.

Let’s see, what else… There’s the classic RPG Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, that’s available in the PSone Classic section. And speaking of classic RPGs, the “Dawnguard” expansion is now available for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

And that’s not all. There’s even more PlayStation Store additions after the break and a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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Skyrim: Dragonborn, Persona 4: Arena, Twisted Metal, TM Black, more added to PS Store

persona4arenalogoWelcome to your weekly update of the PlayStation Store. This week…

  • Bethesda has finally added the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim expansion, Dragonborn, to the store.
  • Atlus has added the Persona fighting game spinoff, Persona 4: Arena.
  • Konami has added another Yu-Gi-Oh! game, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus.
  • The top-down shooter Alien Breed is available as a PSN/Vita Cross-Buy game.
  • Twisted Metal (PSone) and Twisted Metal: Black (PS2) have been added to the Classics section.

A few other games were also added to the PlayStation Store this week and you can read all about them after the break. A full list of this week’s new game add-ons can be found at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)

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