Fallout 76 is not launching with mod support and the feature is going to take at least one year to arrive, according to a new interview with Bethesda's Pete Hines.
But there is some good news. They will be allowing private servers, which hopefully means they'll be a bit more open. Bethesda's efforts to profit from mods has been extremely controversial in the past. But, the fact that they are working on private servers gives me hope that they'll be more open with Fallout 76 and be much more lenient with modding the game without having to give them money.
Here's what Pete Hines has to say about mod support and private servers:
“It’s going to be a lot of work. But mods and private servers are definitely coming…”
“Mod support is going to be tied to work that we’re also doing on private servers, and letting people do private servers. Mods will be a thing that run on private servers…”
“I don’t foresee a universe in which we allow players to come in [to Fallout 76’s public servers] with their own unique and different mods. If you want to run mods, they’ll have to be done on a private server… You’ll be deciding what sort of mods you’re including and running, and everyone playing on that server is playing with those mods.”