Fallout 76 Mods Exist Even Though Modding Isn't Supported in the Beta

Fallout 76 Mods Exist Even Though Modding Isn't Supported in the Beta

Mods were made in nine hours. Imagine what could be made in nine months.

Fallout 76 supports modding. We know this because Bethesda announced as such, but also because there are already mods for Fallout 76 after the beta went live on PC for just nine hours.

The mods released for Fallout 76 so far range from UI changes to texture swaps that can alter your cosmetic appearance. Either change up your hair color, or your outfit color. These mods are a far cry from some of the sophisticated mods in earlier Fallout games, which include among other things entire expansion campaigns. But with only nine hours of game time on PC it's still very impressive.

Especially since Bethesda's Todd Howard announced mod support wouldn't be in the Fallout 76 beta.

At E3 Howard explained that modding would come to Fallout 76 but only after the initial launch of the game was up and running and "robust." Modding would therefor be a later addition and not something available in the beta.

According to Eurogamer who spoke with some of the modders who published Fallout 76 mods, Howard was being truthful. However, the core of Fallout 76 is identical to Fallout 4's and so modders were able to dig into their Fallout 4 creation tools to craft Fallout 76 mods.

The shared engine between Fallout 76 and Fallout 4 is what allowed players to take advantage of a speed glitch that Bethesda says will be patched out when Fallout 76 releases. But this engine seems to be causing a lot of fun for users already familiar with tinkering with Fallout 4.

Fallout 76 black outfit mod by neeher

However, the modders say players shouldn't start expecting entire mod suites like in Fallout 3, 4, and New Vegas. A full modding system isn't available in Fallout 76 and even then, it might be restricted. Considering the potential for cosmetics and microtransactions, modders who spoke with Eurogamer warn that cosmetic mods might be restricted by Bethesda to prevent competition.

The final two beta testing dates for Fallout 76 are scheduled for this week. We have some Fallout 76 beta impressions up and you can check out our Fallout 76 guide for everything we've learned so far about Bethesda's online Fallout game. Fallout 76 is scheduled to come out on November 14 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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