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Bethesda's VP Addresses Paid Mods | PAX West 2017


Originally published at: https://teksyndicate.com/bethesdas-vp-addresses-paid-mods-pax-west-2017/

While at PAX, Tek Syndicate got a chance to chat with Pete Hines of Bethesda, and ask him some questions about Paid Mods, Skyrim being on everything, and more.

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Funny how he said “why would we inject ourselves into something that’s doing fine on it’s own”

well, you kinda are doing just that. lol


A good interview but not one that gives me any confidence in Bethesda changing their ways.


It seems that the type of “paid mods” bethesda is going for should instead be called “outsourced content”. They’re not exactly “mods”.

“Mods” are inherently unofficial modifications made by and for a third party.

However, this developer-financed content is freelance dev work, essentially hiring contractors to create first-party addons (if Bethesda owns the content, it is first-party content). Mods are third-party content because they are neither paid for nor owned by the owners/developers of the game.

For the same reason, there is no such thing as an “official mod”; that’s just slang for “DLC”.


He said he isn’t saying anything about TES6 until they announce it…

Then he said they have another game coming out that nobody knows about yet…

puts on tinfoil hat