Traditionally modding has been at home on PC. Since 2018 we have been building tools to make in-game modding available to all players, which is why we are excited to announce that, for the first time gamers can enjoy modding supported VR games on Steam, Oculus and Viveport. The new capability is live in the VR games SWORDS of GARGANTUA, Contractors VR and Tabletop Playground from today. What's particularly important in our opinion, is that the Oculus Quest is an Android based device, which really highlights the flexibility of the mod.io SDK/API for game developers who want to integrate cross-platform mod support, no matter which store or device their players come from.
Mods grow player interest in games, making them attractive to gamers and developers alike. However, existing modding backends for developers typically only work for a single store or game platform so it's great to break away from that tradition. This brings the excitement of modding to a broader gaming audience while keeping game communities together. Working with VR games is an important step in that journey, and all part of our core belief that modding should be a feature of the game, not a feature of the store the game is released on.
From our press release today, Scott (co-founder of mod.io) said "We're excited that mods for VR games like SWORDS of GARGANTUA, Contractors VR as well as Valve's Half-Life: Alyx (which uses Workshop) are gaining traction... Modding has always been a source of significant creativity, so it's interesting to contemplate what innovation will come from this." Scott added “We’re excited by what’s been achieved and can’t wait to see what mod creators come up with, now that VR modding is here”
SWORDS of GARGANTUA mods can be played on Steam, Rift, Quest and Viveport
VR gamers can now try out a range of mods in the rogue-lite action game SWORDS of GARGANTUA as well as Contractors VR a multiplayer first-person shooter and Tabletop Playground a boardgame sandbox. SWORDS of GARGANTUA modders can create enemy waves and adjust enemy, player and weapon stats right now. Contractors VR modders can create new maps, guns and game modes and mix them together to make unique experiences. Early feedback from players during testing has been extremely encouraging (see Reddit posts one and two).
Cong Lead Developer of Contractors VR added "Without mod.io, mod support would not be possible for our game. It opens a new world for our players and creators!".
Players can check out mods in game, or at mod.io's SWORDS of GARGANTUA, Contractors VR and Tabletop Playground mod pages. Developers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about supporting mods in their games, or can get started straight away by adding their game and reading our documentation.