Dying Light Killing off Mods? (Updated)
Yo jurors! According to the fine folks over at Reddit, developer Techland along with their Publisher Warner Bros are taking a steel pipe to the head of mods for their latest game, Dying Light.
In the recently released update 1.2 for Dying Light there is an entry to reads "blocked cheating by changing game's data files". Well, a side effect of this seems to be that various mods, such as ones that remove the game's always on film grain filter, are disabled.
In and of itself this wouldn't be so bad. Cheating in MP games sucks and can die in a fire. However, it seems that Techland are taking it one step further and issuing DMCA notices to have mods for the game taken down. So yeah, you can either play the game you bought the way they want you to, and ONLY the way they want you to or get the **** out and thanks for paying but not playing apparently. If you remember, issuing takedown notices for mods went incredibly well for Namco recently so perhaps Techland wants that kind of publicity as well...
My thought on this? If they want to block mods then it sucks. I'm old school. I grew up on mods on the PC and using game genie on my NES as a child. I like the idea of being able to modify a game to my enjoyment when said enjoyment doesn't impact anyone outside of myself and my co-op buddies. As a side note, I'm not a fan of film grain. I turn it off on every game that has that as an option without exception.
What say you jurors? Is this latest example in a long line of developers blocking mods something you're OK with seeing resurrected? Or do you wish this trend would just rot and die? Let us know in the comments.
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Update: Techland have confirmed, via the Steam forum, that this was in no way an attemp[t to limit mod making. It was designed solely to prevent people cheating for an unfair advantage in Be the Zombie mode. We should expect a further patch to redress the balance shortly.