The third Dragon Age game from BioWare, Dragon Age: Inquisition, has been receiving accolades from all comers, with positive reviews surfacing from critics and fans alike, hitting “Best of” lists with industry pillars like PC World. But fans had assumed that the newest installment in the franchise would, like its predecessors, remain unmodded.
— James Dabbagian (@JTDabbagian) December 27, 2014
Modding, for the uninitiated, is the practice of changing something about a video game. It could be as small as changing the loading screen, or as massive as changing the entire underlying structure of the game. Some games, such as the Civilization series, encourage modding, and even ship with tools that help the user mod content; other games try to keep players from modding content.
Renmiri posted on the Nexus Mods forums last week about the modding tools.
“The goal is to make a Creation Kit like Skyrim’s to allow modders to change game assests. Will we get there? Stay tuned. For now the tools we have are just viewing and exporting, not importing or modding. import on version 37!! But Ehamloptiran is working on a texture and mesh replacer tool with some success and he has just released a texture import as a standalone beta tool for experienced modders on 12/15. Modders Silvist and Kiitosu were gracious enough to offer a texture for the dreaded skyhold jammies. Red for female quizzy done by Silvist, white and black for male quizzy done by Kiitosu.”
Links to tutorials and the modding tools currently available are also included in the link. The news that Dragon Age is developing tools to allow users to mod content has been greeted with enthusiasm.
Ian Dransfield from PC Gamer wrote, “[T]he fact you can do this shows a promising start for a game a lot of assumed would just remain unmodded.”
William Usher of Cinema Blend expressed both encouragement to those who hadn’t yet had the courage to give modding a try, and excitement that it was becoming possible in Dragon Age.
“It’s impressive that modders are already hard at work on the game and moving quite quickly in setting up the necessary tools for others to dive in and start modifying, creating and editing to their heart’s content.”
Recent hits like Skyrim and Grand Theft Auto IV have been among the more popular games recently to get a full on modding treatment. GTA has an Iron Man versus Hulk variant that has the internet delighted, and the mods on Skyrim have taken on a life of their own.
i really want to learn how to make hair mods for dragon age…. i really want to make more good practical long hair styles and also
— cremirsius acassi (@trashprinces) December 24, 2014
Are you loving Dragon Age: Inquisition this holiday season? Are you excited about the possibility of mods for the popular game?