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Official mod support is coming to Darkest Dungeon 2 next month

It took a while, but official mod support for Darkest Dungeon 2 is about to arrive – although it will come piecemeal rather than as a complete suite. Developer Red Hook Studios says it’s rolling out the first components of its mod support next month, with more to follow over the course of the year.

Red Hook says the new engine used for Darkest Dungeon 2 has made adding modding and mod support more complicated compared to the original Darkest Dungeon, an RPG game with a vibrant and thriving mod scene. Given Red Hook’s interest in keeping that going in Darkest Dungeon 2, as well as the studio’s plans for console launches and the Kingdoms DLC, the developers felt it would be better to get some tools into the hands of modders early and build on that foundation over time. .

“Our plan is therefore to release mod support in incremental phases, with each update building on the previous one,” the studio explains. “We believe that it is better to have access to some modding capabilities earlier than to wait for a fully completed modding experience that would take significantly longer.”

So what’s in the first wave of mod tools? Red Hook says that when the first modding update launches, which should be before the end of June, it will include “the initial mod loading/overwriting logic” and integration with the Steam Workshop. These tools allow moderators to edit any of the game’s exposed .csv files, which contain values ​​for pretty much anything that happens in the game (think damage values, modifiers, stats, or anything else that needs a numerical value to work).

Red Hook says you can create new items “from scratch” and define new hero palettes. Looking ahead, the studio says they ultimately want modders to be able to create custom characters, and are eager to work with the game’s modding community to determine what to prioritize.

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