Mods are practically part of video games developed by Bethesda. Whether its an Elder Scrolls Game or a Fallout title, mods have always been there for Bethesda titles. However, the Nintendo Switch version of Skyrim still doesn’t have mod support which has gamers worried but worry not, as Bethesda might eventually bring Skyrim mods on Nintendo Switch.
Before we delve into why we think Bethesda will be bringing Skyrim mods on Nintendo Switch, let us go through a brief history of mods for the last gen Bethesda titles and current-gen titles.
Mods used to be PC only commodity until current-gen consoles. Bethesda titles launched for legacy consoles didn’t have mod support for console partly due to the consoles themselves not being powerful enough to handle them.
Games like Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim saw a tremendous mod support from the modding community. But, alas the mods were exclusive to PC version of the game due to the fact that PC offers a lot of headroom compared to consoles.
However, things changed drastically in 2016 following the release of Fallout 4 on PC and current-gen consoles. While Fallout 4 didn’t feature mod support for consoles initially but Bethesda not only promised but also delivered on it.
With Fallout 4, it was probably the first time ever in the history of the video game industry that mods came to consoles albeit with limitations of their own like mods weren’t allowed if they had a file size over 2 GB and modders could only use in-game assets and not create their own for the console mods.
Things took a turn for the better and Bethesda also announced Skyrim Special Edition for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 along with mod support on all platforms during the same period.
Skyrim Mods On Switch
Skyrim eventually was ported to Nintendo Switch in 2017 along with other Bethesda titles like Fallout 4 and DOOM. However, that was 2017 and we are half-way through 2018 and there is still no sign of mods on the Switch version of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
However, we are sure that Bethesda will eventually bring its mods to Nintendo Switch and here is why!
Bethesda has always strived to give its players sense of freedom which is quite evident in the game that Bethesda has developed that feature vast open-world brimming with secrets and side quests and nothing is holding players back from choosing their adventure.
Aside from the game freedom in terms of in-game exploration and gameplay, Bethesda gave its community more freedom with its mods through its very own mod tools for titles such as Skyrim and Fallout 4.
To this day, there are new Skyrim mods being developed on PC and current-gen consoles and the same goes for the Fallout 4.
The point is, Bethesda has always supported its games long-term by providing mod tools to the community. While it was exclusive to PC until last-gen due to their relatively weak hardware but Bethesda turned things around and made a new standard in the video game industry by allowing mods for its game on consoles.
The reason why there is still no Skyrim mods on Nintendo Switch might be due to the fact that Bethesda is currently busy developing its upcoming online multiplayer title, Fallout 76, which will be out later this year.
Bethesda intends to provide players with an exceptional experience with its upcoming title while retaining the core essence of the franchise. Not only that, Bethesda has also overhauled its game engine for Fallout 76 which is evident from the gameplay as the game is now capable on rendering 16x more detail on screen compared to Fallout 4.
Point being, Bethesda is currently busy with the upcoming title, developing an expansive multiplayer experience while also working on the technical front to make the game take full advantage of the current-gen consoles. With the studio done with the upcoming Fallout 76, we are sure that the studio will be taking a look at Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and will be bringing mod support to it.
If that is not enough to convince you that Skyrim on Switch will be getting mod support then Bethesda’s Todd Howard has hinted that the studio might bring Skyrim mods for Nintendo Switch.
During his talk at Gamelab, Todd noted that “Skyrim Switch has a big community that we haven’t supported the way we’d like”.
Not only that, speaking with Eurogamer, Todd Howard talked about a lot of stuff from Fallout 76 to Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and whether or not mod support would be coming to Skyrim for Switch or not.
During the interview, he was asked about what he meant by no supporting the Switch community of Skyrim to which he replied that “They asked for mods. They asked for Creation Club – ‘When are we getting more stuff?”.
He asked about what the studio is doing to rectify the situation to which he replied that “Right now we’re doing nothing,” he said. “People, they’re on other things. Our Switch group did Fallout Shelter … and that’s done really well. I’m surprised at how well it’s done.”
Finally, when asked about if the Switch version of the game will be getting mod support or not, Todd replied that it is something that the studio is not working on actively and added that he “would love to see it happen but it’s not something we’re actively doing”.
Given that Bethesda would like to see mod support for Skyrim on Switch along with Besthesda’s excellent track record to introducing new industry standards and mod support for its games, it is safe to assume that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Nintendo Switch will eventually be getting mod support from Bethesda, allowing players to create their own experience in the game in a way they like.
While things aren’t looking particularly bright in terms of mos support for Bethesda titles on Switch but we are sure that Bethesda will be bringing mod support to the hybrid console.
What do you think? Will Bethesda just ignore Mod support for its titles on Switch? Let us know in the comments.