Fallout 3 mod toolkit available

December 15, 2008

Gamers can now mutate Fallout 3 in any way they want as Bethesda has released the official modding toolkit.

The Garden of Eden Creation Kit, released yesterday, allows users to “create, modify and edit any data” for the PC version of the game, according to its official description. Bethesda has also set up a G.E.C.K. wiki to provide help and tutorials, which users can edit, update and expand.

As Fallout 3 is based on the same engine as The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, the G.E.C.K. runs very similar to the Elder Scrolls Construction Set used to mod that game.

Sites that provide databases of user mods include Fallout 3 Nexus, Fallout3Mods.net and Planet Fallout.

Before the release of G.E.C.K., some modders have already released mods that alter some game mechanics and the user interface. These include one that adds a more user-friendly PipBoy, one that requires players to earn more XP to increase levels, and one that makes the game play more like an FPS by reducing the effectiveness of the V.A.T.S. system.

The first official expansion for Fallout 3, Operation Anchorage, will be released as downloadable content in January for PC and Xbox 360.