Dying Light devs Techland are still trying to claw back some love after the DMCA stuff, and they really want you to mod their game. Honest.
A few days ago, some harmless, film-grain removal mods got hit with DMCA claims from Warner Bros. A follow-up patch from Techland then made it harder to adjust certain aspects of the game (weapon data and zombie stats), ostensibly to prevent people from cheating in the game’s competitive Be the Zombie mode.
Today, Techland have announced that they’re working on “free and extensive modding tools” for the game, because Dying Light is “perfect material for modding.”
Modders were apparently a big part of the Call of Juarez 2 and Dead Island community, and Techland want to get that going again with Dying Light. As such, they’d quite like for people to head over to their forums and post their mod ideas in the dedicated sub-forum, presumably so that they can work to ensure that the modding tools will be comprehensive enough that even the most ludicrous ideas can somehow be added to the game.
“This invitation is only the first stage of our cooperation with the gaming community,” reads the press release. “After the modding tools are released, we plan to actively support the coolest mods created by players.”
On the one hand, I’m a terrible cynic, so this feels like an exercise to claw back some respectability. On the other hand, extensive mod tools and developer support is – obviously – a really good thing, so I’m not sure it matters. Hmm.