Starfield is coming out soon and Todd Howard is encouraging fans to mod the heck out of this open-world RPG. Modding has always been a big part of Bethesda games and its newest title will continue that tradition.
During an interview with Kinda Funny Games, Howard mentioned how modding is a huge part of the Bethesda community. Using Skyrim as an example, Howard loves what fans are doing with the game and hopes to see similar mods for the space-bound RPG.
“I think Starfield’s going to be a modder’s paradise,” he says. “It’s part of our DNA here – we’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Our community around that – because look, we’ve usually been classically single-player. That’s been our community, and people are still modding our games and playing them.”
At the time of writing, it’s not yet clear if these Starfield mods will be on both Xbox Series and PC. Obviously, PC is a go since that version would have had mods regardless of Bethesda’s blessing. However, console modding isn’t as popular and it will be interesting to see if Xbox Series versions allow for that.
In the past, Bethesda heavily fought for console mods for both Fallout 4 and its re-release of Skyrim. It would be weird to see the developer back out of that position for its latest game.
Considering how the Skyrim modding community is still active today, wanting that kind of support makes so much sense. Seeing Bethesda be so open to modding is great and we hope this doesn’t change with their other Xbox games.
We’re sure that the modding community for Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 is going to be insane. It's definitely going to help when these fans recreate The Martian in-game.
Now, Bethesda hasn’t always been great to the modding community, as they did charge for certain mods in the past. It seems that initiative has stopped or, at the least, not become a relevant part of the game’s ecosystem. Hopefully, they realized how dumb that was and don’t plan on bringing it back.
Fans will be able to get Skyrim on Xbox Series and PC on September 6. Whether the Xbox Series version gets as much official mod support as the PC version remains to be seen.