Recent news showed that Bethesda’s Creation Club went into Beta, a necessary step before launching across all platforms for Fallout 4 and later on Skyrim. However, the feature created a lot of discussions with the Paid Mods controversy.
The Creation Club’s purpose is to develop a positive reputation, as well as offering creators a chance to earn a small amount of money for their work. However, three different problems have arisen since the release of the Creation Club that is only feeding the aforementioned controversy.
The first issue is that all the resources connected to the mods for sale are already present on the user’s hard drive if they opted in for the Beta. The .ba2 files are some archive files that have all the required resources for the mods to function; all the player needs is a .esp file to have them function or placed within the game world. However, creating a .esp file is par for the course in regards to creating a mod and any modder who knows how to create a functional .esp file will place all content in their game without paying anything.
However, creating a .esp file is par for the course in regards to creating a mod and any modder who knows how to create a functional .esp file will place all content in their game without paying anything.
Another problem is that reports showed that the user’s load order (the order in which mods get loaded first) is set to load the mods in alphabetical order. This has a destructive potential for the existing files, as mod dependencies require that some of the mods to be loaded first. Failing to respect an adequate dependency order can also cause the game to crash, in the best cases. Worst case scenario, it can damage the game save.
Finally, there has been reported that some of the Creation Club mods are interfering with regular free mods. There is not much information about this fact, but it appears that Pipboy Skins on the Creation Club seems not to be working when another free mod is installed. Once the free mod is removed, the skin starts working fine.
Moreover, it has been confirmed that all these problems are not platform-specific, meaning that PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox all suffer from these bugs.