The studio wants to support the modding community with a set of quality tools
Electronic Arts' DICE studio has confirmed that, while Battlefield 4 won't have support for mods, it's quite interested in allowing players to create their own content in the future.Mods nowadays can truly help a game become popular, ensuring that players can create and share their own content well after a game's lifecycle has ended.
Unfortunately, shooters haven't exactly been so welcoming to mods, and DICE has just revealed that its upcoming Battlefield 4 won't receive any modding tools.
According to the studio's General Manager, Karl-Magnus Troedsson, the reason behind this decision was taken after the developer realized it couldn't really focus on making the mod tools.
"We get the feedback, we understand it," he told PC Gamer. "We also would like to see more player-created content, but we would never do something like this if we feel we couldn't do this 100 percent. That means we need to have the right tools available, we need to have the right security around this regarding what parts of the engine we let loose, so to say. So for BF4 we don't have any planned mod support, I have to be blunt about saying that. We don't."
Even so, Troedsson highlighted that DICE, as a whole, really wanted to give fans the necessary tools to create mods for games and, in the future, the Battlefield franchise might receive them.
"But it is something that we are thinking about for the future, where we are going with the product, et cetera. So user-created content is something that's very interesting to us," he said.
"When we think about Battlefield as a franchise, moving forward, it's a big franchise. And we're talking about this, almost as strategies for the company - where are we going, what are we trying to do with the franchise, et cetera. And this is definitely one of the areas that we have been discussing quite a bit."
Battlefield 4 is out in October for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and later this year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.