Bethesda’s Creation Club has only been out for a day and it’s already causing controversy within the Fallout community. With Bethesda now charging for select ‘premium’ mods, fans are annoyed that Bethesda’s offerings do not measure up to free versions of the same content.
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AsPolygonreports, the anger is centred around the Hellfire Armor set, a form of Power Armor that first appeared in Fallout 3’s Broken Steel expansion. With it being a fan-favourite armour set that didn’t make it into Fallout 4, it was only a matter of time before a group of modders made their own version of the Hellfire Armor. This free version, created by a group called Road to Liberty, has been available on NexusMods since August 19 and has accrued over 25,000 downloads.
As it was part of the first wave of content available via the Creation Club, Bethesda released their own version of the Hellfire Armor, which can be purchased for 500 Credits or about $5.
While I imagine fans aren’t averse to paying for high-quality mods – like the self-deprecating Power Horse Armor – it’s hard to stomach paying for something which is available for free and of a better quality. You need only look at the comments on a comparison video (seen above) of the two armours, to see that most commenters prefer the look of the free mod.
It’s still early days for the Creation Club, but Bethesda needs to curate a selection of truly unique content if they want to see players supporting their latest attempt at people paying for mods. At the very least, they need to ensure that their premium mods are of a higher quality than ones which are available for free.