E3 2017: Bethesda’s Creation Club Could Be the Future of Game Developers
Bethesda announced their new Creation Club platform at their E3 Briefing. The platform promised a mod hub for Fallout 4 and Skyrim (currently) with mention of credits to download certain mods.
Here’s Bethesda’s description:
“Creation Club is a collection of all-new content for both Fallout 4 and Skyrim. It features new items, abilities, and gameplay created by Bethesda Games Studios and outside development partners including the best community creators. Creation Club content is fully curated and compatible with the main game and official add-ons.”
While all existing mods will be free, new mods will have to be purchased from Creation Club. However, there’s a very exciting catch. Creators actually receive revenue from the mods they sell.
However, the stakes are a bit higher. Not anyone can get their mods (to be sold) on Creation Club. A pitch must be made that goes through an approval process. Here’s what the FAQ says:
All content must be new and original. Once a concept is approved, a development schedule with Alpha, Beta and Release milestones is created. Creations go through our full development pipeline, which Creators participate in.”
While Bethesda hasn’t stated how this process works, it should be exciting for aspiring gaming developers. This is a solid opportunity to not only get paid for your work but have it showcased on a potentially large platform to a potentially large community.
Additionally, the chance to go through an entire development process to ensure quality in the game gives outsiders a chance to experience the process.
While not particularly interested myself (I like playing games, making them is too much), this is really a step forward in breaking down the walls of a very exclusive industry.
Bethesda has essentially allowed prospective game developers, who have the talent to back, the opportunity to break into the industry in a way that is both practical and profitable.
While the system has yet to be tested, and the longevity remains to be seen, it’s still a step in the right direction. If it’s anything like Bethesda claims, then it could usher in a new era of developers that otherwise may not have gotten the opportunity. And that gets me excited.