Bethesda’s Creation Club is now available as a beta for Fallout 4 and it’s worse than I had expected.
Let’s start with the most important issue, the value proposition of the content they are offering through this program.
To purchase content on the Creation Club you require a proprietary non-refundable currency named ‘Creation Club Credits’. These can be purchased in lots of 750, 1500, 3000 and 5500 with the prices of £5.99, £10.99, £18.99 and £29.99 respectively.
Taking the cheapest option available we can determine that the value of the currency is around £1 per 125 credits.
Now lets take a look at some of the items you can buy with these credits.
As you can see from the above image the items available range from “new” armours and weapons to reskins for existing items.
The Hellfire Power Armor shown above is 500 credits or £4 in real money. This is one set of Armour for £4.
For comparison, the Nuka-World DLC contains hundreds of new items including Armor, Clothes, Power Armor, Weapons and everything else, as well as a massive quest line and lots of voice acted NPCs and quests. Nuka-World is £14.99 at full price and is included in the constantly discounted season pass.
Considering that both of these pieces of pieces of content are for the same game and by the same company the value proposition of £4 for one item compared to £14.99 for an expansion pack is offensive and shameful.
As well as a lot of these pieces of content being overpriced reintroductions of content from previous games in the series, most of them are also available as mods that have been made and published before the release of the Creation Club.
A lot of the content on the Creation Club should have been in the game to start with. With most of the content already available as a separate mod with some even existing for months. For example the Chinese Stealth Suit has been available as a mod since January.
The release of the Creation Club also seems to have answered a question a lot of us have been asking for months: is the content in the creation club part of the Fallout canon? The answer looks to be both yes and no with content that adds items from previous titles being somewhat lore friendly (the hellfire armour is questionable until further information is available) and content that adds items that are from other Bethesda game franchises or are straight up jokes.
Such as the Power Horse Armor. A joke at Bethesda’s expense ironically making fun of their history of poorly priced DLC.
I am really disappointed in the Creation Club, I expected Bethesda to know better by now about how to do DLC right considering the quality of Far Harbour and Nuka World for Fallout 4 as well as Dragonborn and Dawnguard for Skyrim.
Hopefully Bethesda finds a way to turn this around because in it’s current state it is nothing more than an insulting mess of a system that mocks the intelligence of Bethesda’s consumer base.
Perhaps the partnership with third party studios to create content for the Creation Club that they have been hinting at during press events and on their official FAQ will turn this around.