Hurr hurr. Inspired by the name of Bethesda’s upcoming method for selling bespoke mods, the ‘Creation Club’ is a weapon mod for Fallout 4 in the form of a golf club that spawns random items, enemies and NPCs when you swing it. It’s a silly jape taken to its logical conclusion – one that the golf club’s creator says isn’t intended as a criticism of Bethesda’s plan. “This mod is based on a pun,” he says, “A wordplay… It's just a simple joke.”
You can find it on NexusMods, that hotbed of dastardly modders, where creator cdante has also posted a video demonstrating the driver’s magical abilities (sadly done at a time of day where it’s nearly impossible to make anything out).
It's also worth noting the same creator is also behind the Get Out Of My Face mod, which let's you push your companions out of your way when they STAND THERE DOING NOTHING making it possibly the most satisfying mod in videogame history.
The real Creation Club, meanwhile, is Bethesda’s latest attempt to get some dollar-dollar bills from the modding community while consolidating a kind of official “storefront” for all the things they don't have the time or power to make themselves. It’s pitched as a DLC-style system in which modders can apply to create something and are subsequently hired based on Beth’s own decisions. These mods - whether they be weapons, armour, or changes to the game itself - are then bought with in-game credits that player’s can buy through Steam.
This golf club isn’t meant as criticism, according to cdante, which is probably a relief for Bethesda, who previously received a hefty backlash for previous doomed attempts to unify and “monetise” (ugh) the disparate modder clans. This time they are staying far away from free mods, however, leaving the free folk to do their thing.
“Mods will remain a free and open system where anyone can create and share what they’d like,” said Beth. “Also, we won’t allow any existing mods to be retrofitted into Creation Club, it must all be original content.”
Which means the Creation Club won’t be part of the Creation Club. Oh well.
(Thanks, PC Gamer)