Fallout 4 is coming and it's going to ruin your life. In a good way.
But Bethesda has no mercy. It will never stop. Ever. In a blog post on the official site, Bethesda outlined its strategy for Fallout 4 after launch. It involved DLC, mods, and free stuff.
Horse armour aside, Bethesda has always been pretty good at adding new (free) features to its games after launch. The team is planning to bring additional features to the game ala The Witcher 3 after launch.
We'll be doing regular free updates to the game, and like Skyrim, these will come with not just fixes, but new features. For Skyrim we added things like mounted combat, legendary mode, kill cams, visual enhancements and more. We’ll work with all of you to figure out what new things you’d love to see added to Fallout 4, whether they are small tweaks or new features.
People are still playing Skyrim for a reason. That reason is mods. In terms of single player experiences, Bethesda games have a super long tail and it looks as though Bethesda is really trying to actively help the modding community this time round.
Like all our previous games, we’ve made sure to keep Fallout 4 open and moddable at every step in development. Early next year we’ll release for free the new Creation Kit for the PC. This is the same tool we use in the studio. You'll be able to create your own mods and share them with others. We’re especially excited these same mods will then be coming to Xbox One, and then PlayStation 4.
DLC is going to be a big part of Fallout 4, obviously. Here's what I like: Bethesda is flat out admitting that it has no idea what that DLC is going to look like or what it's going to be. I like that kind of honesty.
To reward our most loyal fans, this time we’ll be offering a Season Pass that will get you all of the Fallout 4 DLC we ever do for just $30. Since we’re still hard at work on the game, we don’t know what the actual DLC will be yet, but it will start coming early next year. Based on what we did for Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim, we know that it will be worth at least $40, and if we do more, you'll get it all with the Season Pass.
So yeah, nothing you wouldn't expect. Fallout 4 is going to be a huge game and we'll most likely be playing it for years. I'm excited about the potential for mods on Xbox One and PS4, but I'm also curious to see how it will all work. I expect/hope that this game will break down a few barriers. It might end up being the game that pushes mods into the mainstream.