We love all the holiday-themed mods that are created at this time of the year, it's a reminder that modding is, at it's core, all about engaging with a community and sharing your creativity. They're also just really, really cool, so we've thought we'd do something a little bit different and round up our favourite holiday-themed mods released this year!
Reflecting on 2021
Before we get into it, though, this also presents an opportunity to reflect on the year that was and where we're heading in 2022. This past year has been huge for us, it has been our first full year on consoles with SnowRunner, SkaterXL, Space Engineers and TABS leading the charge. Incredibly, we've seen up to 5x more engagement with mods on console platforms compared to established PC communities. We also continued to grow with over 90 games now using our platform, including Deep Rock Galactic and SEGA's Humankind.
We also closed our $26M Series A funding round lead by Tencent, alongside LEGO Ventures, Makers Fund, Play Ventures, Sequoia Capital India's Surge, GameTech Ventures and OIF. These investors share our passion to bring Mods Everywhere, evolve collaborative digital play, and build the future of user-generated content. The funding will be used to expand our teams and fuel the innovation coming over the next 12 months.
Looking ahead to 2022
We laid a lot of groundwork for future innovation during 2021, with the launch of v2 of our SDK and Unreal Engine plugins, and the rebuild of our front-end now nearing completion.
We're incredibly excited about some of the innovations coming in 2022, including the launch of our new embeddable web app, our improved metrics and reporting dashboard, and improved tools enabling developers to bring metrics and the gamification of mods to their titles. We look forward to sharing more on these new innovations in the new year and beyond.
Our Top 5 Holiday Themed Mods!
But without further ado, here are our top 5 holiday themed mods!
Fireworks Mania recently launched on mod.io, and has already seen 250,000 mod downloads in its first week! There's a number of holiday themed mods available already too, including these Christmas Rockets that provide a number of festive effects including Candy Canes, Snowflakes, Snowmen and even a Christmas Tree!
Deep Rock Galactic isn't short of wacky and fun mods, and this one is no exception, giving a rather festive effect to Driller's Flamethrower. It's subtle, but as you can see from the video, it really works!
Who says space has to be a cold, lonely place? Brighten up your starship or space station this holiday with this rather lovely Christmas tree to use in Space Engineers - there's even a few gifts around the base!
Who doesn't love a cheesy festive jumper? Well now you can have an entire collection of sweaters, hoodies, snapbacks and even a couple of festive decks to enjoy in Skater XL! I'm slightly in love with this one, especially the snowman sweater.
It's the final chapter of the holiday campaigns for TABS, and the question on everyone's mind is, if Captain Hollow couldn't defeat you, can Santa Claus? Don't forget to grab the required Festive Factions too!
There's so many fantastic festive mods being uploaded every day, that unfortunately we can't list every single one here, but why not explore and let us know your favourites in the comments?
Our teams are taking a well earned break over the holidays, but we'll have a skeleton crew on hand throughout. Thank you to our staff, partners, and players for making 2021 a special year for us, and we wish you all a very happy holiday. Here's to 2022 and beyond!