'Fallout Shelter' On Switch Surprisingly Successful, But Don't Expect 'Skyrim' Mods

The idea of slaying dragons in Skyrim on the bus - or on the loo - used to be nothing more than a pipe dream - but last November, Bethesda Game Studios pulled it off and released the fifth Elder Scrolls game on Nintendo Switch. The studio doubled down on its Nintendo support when it released Fallout Shelter on the Switch during the E3 expo last month.

But if you're hoping to use mods to let bears play lutes, or turn dragons into Thomas the Tank Engine on your Switch anytime soon, Bethesda chief Todd Howard has some bad news for you.

Howard admitted in an interview with Eurogamer that there's a huge Skyrim community on the Switch that Bethesda 'haven't supported the way we'd like'. Despite this, the company currently has no plans to bring its Creation Club mod system to the console.

"Right now, we're doing nothing", said Howard about a potential Creation Club release on the Switch version of Skyrim. "People, they're on other things".

Creation Club, an official interface for downloading and installing mods for Bethesda games on PC and consoles, launched on Fallout 4 in autumn 2017 and on Skyrim later that year. It's a quick and simple way for creators to get their mods into the world and for players to download them, but sadly it doesn't sound like Switch owners will be able to check it out for themselves anytime soon.

As for Fallout Shelter, it sounds like it's been bit of an unexpected hit on the Switch. Howard stated that the game's Switch version has 'done really well', adding: "I'm surprised at how well it's done."

Credit: Bethesda Game Studios
Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

Fallout Shelter started life as a free mobile base-building game in summer 2015, and PC and Xbox One releases soon followed. While on stage at E3 2018, Howard announced that PS4 and Switch versions of the game would be available later that night, a surprise last-minute drop of which Beyoncé would've been proud.

Switch gamers might never be able to play Skyrim with mods but they can probably look forward to more Bethesda games for the console later on. Howard said last month that Bethesda would 'certainly be doing more things there in the future', but ruled out a Fallout 4 release for the system.

Bethesda did release Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus on Switch last month though, letting Nintendo players brutally murder Nazis while waiting in line at the Post Office.

Words by Tom Blagden

Featured Image Credit: Bethesda Game Studios

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

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