DayZ Developer And DICE Have Conflicting Opinions On Modding
DayZ started out as a mod for Arma 2 and has now snowballed into a phenomenon as one one of the best survival games around. The mod has garnered so much success that it is set for a proper full release soon and might even be coming to consoles. The game’s developer, Matt Lightfoot has subsequently downplayed a statement from DICE’s Patrick Bach is which he stated that modding is on the decline.
In an interview with AusGamers, Lightfoot said that DayZ is still enjoying new players. “We’re still coming to terms with some of things,” he beamed.
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“People are still streaming DayZ, and getting thousands of followers every night, and this is on a buggy mod for a three year old game — we just didn’t think it was going to happen.”
On Bach’s belief that the mod scene is in decline, Lightfoot added, “The exec producer on Battlefield: Bad Company said something along the lines of “modding is dead”; well we certainly buried it alive didn’t we.
“I loved ArmA because of the customisability: you could download a mod and get a new aircraft — there was so many mods for it, and that’s what kept me playing. I’ve sunk thousands of hours into ArmA before DayZ even came about, and it expanded the lifecycle of the game indefinitely.
“So I certainly don’t think modding is dead. When you look at Half-Life and Black Mesa on the Source Engine, these things are huge games. So I don’t think it’s likely to die in the foreseeable future.”
The number of mods that have used Source Engine games as their basis is simply staggering. Then you have to plethora of Skyrim mods and the GTA IV mods which just keep coming years after the game released.
However, while modding is still popular Bach’s statement regarding the state of modding holds plenty of merit.
He was primarily referring to modding on Battlefield 3 and in fact seems rather disappointed by the decline according to his interview with GamePlanet.
“It’s sad to say. We’ve seen some cool mods but since games are getting more complicated to build, it’s also getting more complicated to mod them, so it’s a declining trend as we see it. Sad but true,” said Bach.