In what was pretty much the only thing to be done at this point Valve has decided to pull their idea of paid mods for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim due to an overwhelming outcry from the community. The “feature” was only around for couple days, but it was enough time for modders to completely destroy what was, let’s face it, a pretty idiotic idea.
Now don’t get me wrong; paid mods can work. However, it’s not going to work for game that’s been out for over four years with a player base that has had a free mod community since the start. It’s like offering free coffee at work for four years only to suddenly charge for it. People are going to get upset.
Bethesda, the publisher for Skyrim, has released its own statement about the entire situation.
“After discussion with Valve, and listening to our community, paid mods are being removed from Steam Workshop,” the company said on its blog. “Even though we had the best intentions, the feedback has been clear–this is not a feature you want. Your support means everything to us, and we hear you.”
This post was actually an update to an original post on the Bethesda blog which outlined why they were going with paid mods in the first place. To sum that post up they wanted to give modders a chance to create full time by offering compensation. Truth be told some of the mods I’ve used in Skyrim deserve a few bucks, however the point still remains. Charging for something that was once free is going to piss people off.
I wouldn’t count this model out however and we can bet we’ll see it in future games. By then you’ll buy the game, then you’ll buy the DLC, then maybe some additional content like vanity items, and then maybe buy some mods. I think we’ll have to start taking out second mortgages to play video games in the future.