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Post by Dan @ 03:50pm 30/05/11 | 13 Comments
Among the listed changes in the weekend's Steam PC patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops was the following quiet gem:
- Added support for mods in preparation for the upcoming tools release.
Along with the (restricted but delivered) dedicated server support, mod support was another feature planned by Treyarch prior to the game's very successful launch last November, but 6 months on, has still yet to materialise.

Here's the relevant developer quote from last August
We plan to open the game up for modding sometime post-launch. We do not know yet to what extent you will be able to mod the game. There are some purely technical issues related to engine and internal tool enhancements that do not easily fit the modtools paradigm. We have looked at it close enough to see that it is non-trivial and we will have to pick it up again post-launch. Right now we are completely focused on finishing the game.
While it's obviously nice to see this still happening at all, one can't help but wonder the reasons why it's only now -- when the attention of Call of Duty fans has been diverted to the next game in the series -- that it's coming to fruition. Letting users create their own maps and game mode modifications does have the potential to undermine DLC sales, yet that didn't prevent Valve from opening up Portal 2 within weeks of launch. The PC versions of two high profile titles from Bethesda: RAGE and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim also both promise to be wide open to modding when they launch later this year.

A big stumbling block for modding with Black Ops -- that has yet to be acknowledged by the developers -- is that the dedicated servers are only operated by a single private company, so even if the tools do give the mod community enough access to create some cool new game modes or custom maps, they can't run their own servers for people to actually play those on anyway. So is it even worth it?

What does everyone else think? Or are we all too busy playing the console versions to care about PC modding these days anyway?

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Latest Comments
Posted 03:56pm 30/5/11
that boats sailed
Posted 04:01pm 30/5/11
yea i noticed that the other day after the update and pre order of escalation. Seem silly now as mw3 is on its way... cod4 appears to be the only long standing game in the series for modders.
Posted 04:04pm 30/5/11
It'll probably only be some limited lame s*** like sp only, or only being able to change a few skins/textures.
Posted 04:24pm 30/5/11
I thought all the real modders played with valve games. I mean Valve give the community lots of love, so why wouldn't they?
Posted 04:40pm 30/5/11
wow, way too late lmao
Posted 06:22pm 30/5/11
way to late. Although I'd love to see them add it to MW3 for the launch, in hopes that it might make DICE release one for BF3.
Posted 07:05pm 30/5/11
yea i noticed that the other day after the update and pre order of escalation. Seem silly now as mw3 is on its way... cod4 appears to be the only long standing game in the series for modders.

Is cod4 still popular out there? What mods do servers run?
I might fire it up if theres still some community out there..
Posted 08:24pm 30/5/11
cod4 is defs still popular, and there are many servers running mods too
Posted 08:22am 31/5/11
yea the modded games are fun forget exactly what mods but some aussie clan servers are modded up for a look if ya just do a refresh on the cod server browser. I had a wack yesterday and was still impressed with the gameplay.

The strange thing is black ops is starting grow on me i guess and maybe others too so im not sure if anyone is ready for mw3 just yet i reckon they should keep black ops around for awhile n wack afew more updates blah blah then maybe fall next year release mw3.
Posted 10:04am 31/5/11
Seems like a pointless excersize to me. Mod support is redundant if the modder can't run his own server to test his/her mods on.
Besides, as mentioned, mods on COD4 and WAW have been in the mix for ages. The game play is better, there's still plenty of servers around and fk me the bloody graphics aren't much different either...
Now if we could have Mod tools and a good dedicated server setup for BF3 and the boys from AIX get a hold of it, then i'll be a very happy camper...
Posted 10:10am 31/5/11
Seems like a token effort to try to pretend to PC gamers that they're actually going to support the next game with mods. Note the timing of this announcement, right after the release of that first new CoD trailer - I don't think that is a coincidence.
Posted 02:36pm 31/5/11
I will admit after a long days work nothing beats a quick frag to wind down lol
Posted 11:23am 01/6/11
Yeah, modding is pointless if we can't test on our VPS servers constantly. I ain't paying for an expensive Gameservers server to be restricted to one game.

COD4 is still active and we have been working on a mod since the release of COD4. To this day it is still fairly active and we release updates roughly once a month. If anybody is interested check out Obscurity at Server IP for aussies is Long live COD4!
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