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Creative Assembly "will do more" to support mods in Total War
Posted: 22.03.2012 13:12 by Simon Priest Comments: 3
The Total War series is a much beloved one and it's ripe for the PC mod community to tear into and put together their own historical (in)accuracies. The trouble is mods aren't supported.

Developer Creative Assembly has nothing against them but it's "quite a lot of work," and they've generally skipped over it. They've "no philosophical problem with modding at all."

Those of a more jaded disposition might claim it's because Creative and SEGA want to sell more DLC, but the studio claim "that isn't the case." The amount of work it would take put them off.

"If anything, we tend towards: the more mod support, the more DLC youll sell, said studio director Mike Simpson. It has always been quite difficult to support mods quite well and its quite a lot of work, so wed end up not doing something else. The PC series has been a target for mods since creation - Rome was a particular favourite.

The ever evolving engine the studio uses for Total War is making the task of 'mod friendly' toolsets a nightmare but Creative Assembly wants to give fans more freedom. Well do more, Simpson said. We will do more.

Bethesda and Valve partnered with the launch of the Steam Workshop which aims to let mod makers easily get their creations into the games by simply letting users 'subscribe', and save fans the trouble of having to install tools. It's resulted in a huge wave of Skyrim and Team Fortress 2 mods.

"Yeah, were looking at that as well. We should be letting people do this, he said. "Theres no philosophical problem with modding at all. SEGA launches standalone expansion Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai this week.

I can imagine situations where it might run into trouble if someone started to do a mod that happened to be the thing we were doing in the next game, then wed be thinking do we really want to encourage that? he laughed.

Check out our review of Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai for why you're "unlikely to be disappointed". Would Creative Assembly embracing mod support or even Steam Workshop get you back in the series?

Source: PC Gamer
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Comments

By novapaddy (SI Member) on Mar 22, 2012
novapaddy
Well, for me Paradox have definitely got the right idea. They're very helpful towards modding; have a huge modding community, with many many mods, and all submitted for FREE.

I know there is twcenter.net, and it has many great mods (Darthmod) to name one. But in my experience, it is quite difficult to get into. You need to be someone either training for a professional role. I mean with specialised knowledge. So it is great to hear that Creative Assembly are finally thinking of helping modders more.

With the news of the latest patch for the Shogun series, I'm looking forward to the latest release (tomorrow?) and getting back to playing Total War.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 22, 2012
herodotus
Anyone can be a Modder, and TW Centre as well as ModDB are loaded with fresh mods by guys/gals who have the time, knowledge and a spare PC lying around the home. Sometimes it's just a case of tweaking a file, or unlocking code that is hidden. The best siite for Mos, albeit for naval simulators and strategy games is SubSimHQ. Mature and with an age demographic covering 15-90 (yes, there are a few 90yo's playing games, and I've spoken with two).
I don't support CA's support if it costs me cash. There's no hassle in using a Mod Manager and if you have a hassle - ask.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Mar 26, 2012
Kres
Applause!