Are mods DLC? That’s up to a judge now
ZeniMax Entertainment, parent company of Bethesda Softworks and recent addition to Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios stable, is facing a class action lawsuit over the Fallout 4 season pass.
The suit hits just as Microsoft is finalizing the acquisition, which means they will also have to defend against a long and potentially costly legal action. A law firm aptly named The X-Law Group argues that the Fallout 4 season pass does not, in fact, offer “all Fallout 4 DLC for one S.P.E.C.I.A.L. price.”
False advertising: Content from Bethesda's Creation Club, which features both official and fan-made mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim, is not part of the season pass and X-Law Group argues that this is not a marketplace for mods, but a storefront selling DLC.
Downloadable and content: In other words, the case hinges on the definition of the term DLC. Since Creation Club is curated by Bethesda and it features content that can be downloaded, everything there should be included in the season pass – otherwise, X-Law Group claims, Bethesda will have “artificially removed it from the definition of DLC” and tricked their customers.