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One of the things that continues to tug console gamers toward gaming PCs is the openness of the platform. Sure, there are titles like Minecraft and Far Cry 3 that allow basic customization, but if you've ever seen the useful, absurd, or gorgeous mods that fill Skyrim's section of the Steam Workshop, you know there's so much more out there.
Volition is the latest developer to build a bridge between casual modders and the games they love. A Volition staff member by the name of Mike W. has chimed in on the SaintsRowModders.com forums to share the company's intention to support the Saints Row community moving forward.
Other members of the team have followed suit, answering questions in order to help set expectations and guide users. Mike W. (who goes by the forum name "Knobby") has indicated that Volition will release as much as possible, though some tools rely on internal systems and won't work in the wild.
Even then, the team is trying to figure out how to adapt those elements for distribution. Volition seems to be doing everything in its power to support the Saints Row faithful, even taking limited personal time during the lead up to Saints Row IV (which is out in only two months).
From a business perspective, a vibrant modding community enhances the trailing sales of a title by increasing the value of the purchase over time. As more user content is created, the life of the game gets longer. Additionally, strong relationships with the modding community complements an already tight rapport with average players.
That said, Saints Row is already an absurd experience. How are modders going to top running around as a cyber toilet bowl?
Thanks to Dan for the tip.
[Source: SaintsRowMods (1), (2)]
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This opens the door to so many possibilities. I'm curious to see what the wacky modding community will come up with.
horaaay to modding!
Yeah.. I don't know how modders could make even more outlandish weapons or suits; Saints Row has that down pat already
This is awesome! Let's see what the modders can do with that sandbox.
So happy more companies seem to be beginning to recognize the benefits of modding in theirs and our favors. Modding Bethesda games like Fallout and Skyrim has kept the games alive so much longer than their console counterparts. Looking forward to seeing what Volition can give the modding community to expand this open world experience!
oh dear lord. ..the results will be unimaginable.
I'm excited to hear about what will happen. Can't Wait!
Yay. I tried downloading a SR3 mod, broke my game, made me sad.
Make all these mode free dlcs :)
Perhaps the best news of the day.
Well this is a good thing. There are a lot of talented modders out there that just don't get seen in the corporate world or don't want to be under the pressure of money grabbing idiots that don't know a thing about video gaming.
Always in some companies see Modders as a plague and unwanted use of their code and engine. Yet for some companies always made the game better and far more enjoyable to replay time and time again.
So for Saints Row IV to allow modders. Heck wish I got it for PC if I had a PC worth a damn right now. Oh well. Maybe get luck and see some of the awesome mods be translated over to the console side as a FREE DLC or something. As long as it is FREE! FREE FREE FREE!