In the weeks leading up to the release of Total War: Warhammer, it seems that Creative Assembly is still adding more features to the strategy series’ first fantasy-based game. The latest addition to the game is mod support, which will be available on the game’s launch date.
This announcement from the developers is a complete 180-degree turn from their previous plans. A year ago, a developer posted on the game’s forums that the game wouldn’t have any modding features at all because “...this isn’t just a CA [Creative Assembly] game.” This meant that Warhammer’s parent company, Games Workshop, had a say in whether or not the game would have mods. It seems that the company had a change of heart.
|Name||Total War: Warhammer|
|Release Date||May 24, 2016|
|Where To Buy||Steam|
With mod support also comes the Assembly Kit, a set of tools used by the developers to create the game. At launch, the kit will include the Database Editor, which allows you to change various unit traits such as its name or its many statistics in combat and diplomacy. You can also use another portion of the kit called “BOB” to process all of the raw data from your mod and put it into a single file to easily share it to others.
Speaking of sharing, the game will also support the Steam Workshop, so you can find any and all available mods in one place. All you have to do is subscribe to a mod on the Workshop page and then activate in the game’s Mod Manager.
The decision to add mods to Total War: Warhammer is another way for Creative Assembly to show that it’s listening to fans. Last week, the developers announced that its “Chaos Warriors” downloadable content would be free to those who buy the game in its first week. Many fans, including those on this site, were angry that the popular race wasn’t available for everyone, and the only way to get it (at the time) was to pre-order the game. But it seems that the developers heard fan feedback and compromised with this new solution. We’ll see if it the new content pays off when Total War: Warhammer arrives in less than three weeks.