If there’s a gaming-related question that would make me flail my arms wildly and loudly ask whether anyone can hear me, it would be this; Why haven’t any of the big sandbox crime games included some form of official Bethesda-style mod support considering the genre being a natural fit for modding – and the clearly sizable demand for it?
GTAIV & GTAV both have huge technically unsupported modding communities that have created some amazing content, but most of those mods work via potentially dangerous code injection. As such, I’ve always been a little bit disappointed that Volition weren’t able to implement mod support in the later Saints Row games – especially considering Saints Row IV‘s absurdly long list of cosmetic DLC – which might have given them a huge bullet point over their main competitor.
Well, three years on from the 2013 release of Saint’s Row 4, the day has come – Volition and Deep Silver have announced that Saint’s Row 4 has just received Steam Workshop support, a feat achieved through direct collaboration between the saintsrowmods.com community and Volition themselves.
It’s very much in its early days but there’s already some impressive mods on offer, including a variety of new Homies from across the series, ported clothing from Saints Row: The Third and Gat Out of Hell, flying boats, new cheats, some rather familiar looking masks and more.
In their press release, Deep Silver provided some background on what it took to implement the new feature:
There were many challenges in implementing Steam Workshop functionality since the game was not originally designed to support modding. It was all a labor of love for developer Deep Silver Volition who worked directly with the modding community to develop the modding tools and adapt the game code. This was all built for the fans who have shown an incredible amount of passion and creativity over the years, and we can’t wait to see what kind of crazy content they come up with.
While the incredible work of the saintsrowmods.com community and the Volition development staff in getting to this point cannot be understated – especially considering that the developers were assisting the community directly in their free time – I just hope that this won’t end up being a case where mod support has come too late for anyone outside the existing modding community to get involved.
I reckon I’m going to get proven hugely wrong on that front through – take a look at the Saints Row IV Steam Workshop page here. To everyone involved, all I can say is great work.
To celebrate the launch of the Steam Workshop functionality, Saints Row IV is currently on a 75% off sale on Steam until the 29th of November, priced at £2.74. Any chance of someone replacing that weird cyber-water?