The first mod to be released for The Outer Worlds has been released—surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly, it has nothing to do with fixing day one issues with the game or adding quality of life improvements that have been highlighted by its wide release. Instead, the mod changes several small parts of the game—including loading screens and logos—to allow the player to suspend their disbelief slightly and believe that they are playing Fallout 76.
“The mod is actually fairly comprehensive,” claims Dark_Moxx, the creator behind the “What Todd Promised” mod. “It starts the game by doing a quick rundown of the reveal stream that they did for 76, but then it just plays The Outer Worlds trailer instead, and boom—you’re in, and we can all pretend this never happened.”
The mod has been downloaded over 70,000 times on the NexusMods community mod forum and has been received with very little criticism, even from those who worked on the game. “To be honest, it stung a little bit when I heard the news at first,” says Feargus Urguhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. “But obviously we’re very attached to the Fallout franchise, and The Outer Worlds was our way to continue that legacy, even if we couldn’t use the IP. If people want to toss the name of our baby onto this game, we’re certainly not going to object.”
Happy players of the 76/Outer Worlds amalgam have praised Bethesda for having such a seamless launch with such a polished game. The mod, in turn, converts this feedback and sends it to the Obsidian Entertainment Twitter page.
When asked if he was worried about legal retaliation from Zenimax and Bethesda for the intellectual properties used in his mod, Dark_Moxx replied, “pretty sure their legal team still has their hands full for a little while.”
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