Dying Light, the survival horror game by Polish developer Techland for PC, Linux, PS4, and XB1, has announced a closed beta for developer tools as per a report in PC Gamer. Posted on their Steam community page, modders can submit an application to test-drive the tools by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with their Steam ID.
This comes as welcome news to modders. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an accidental blanket ban on mods was patched into (and then back out of) Dying Light, on top of a massive mod takedown via DMCA copyright notice (as per a Cinema Blend story.) Techland and publisher Warner Bros (alongside the ESA) rushed to retract the notices, which were apparently sent in error and quickly issued a statement, but it still left Dying Light mod developers uncertain that future support was on the way.
“Creating obstacles for modders has never been our intention. We are now working on a quick patch that will re-enable common tweaks while stopping cheating in the game’s multiplayer mode. At Techland, we have always supported the mod community, and loved seeing how our own game can be changed by the players. A big part of the original Dead Island‘s success was the passion and creativity of mod-makers from our community. We want the same for Dying Light.”
Their new post on the Steam community forums strikes a much more positive tone.
“Developer tools for Dying Light are coming and they’re almost there. We’ll be releasing them soon, but before that happens we want to invite you to a closed beta. You can be one of the first people to create content for Dying Light and influence the development of our tools!”
Dying Light has now reached over 3.2 million players, according to EuroGamer, and was the best-selling game in January when it was released. The Dying Light modding community is once again going strong.
“This invitation is only the first stage of our cooperation with the gaming community. After the modding tools are released, we plan to actively support the coolest mods created by players.”
Dying Light is Techland’s biggest success to date, following the success of their Call of Juarez Western-themed shooters and previous survival-horror success, Dead Island.
The developer tools are definitely in a beta state at this point, and Techland is warning testers to be “prepared to come across some difficulties,” but overall this is an excellent step forward for the game.