DayZ developer plays down DICE dev’s belief that modding is in decline

Thursday, 11th July 2013 08:35 GMT By Dave Cook

DayZ developer Matt Lightfoot has played down previous comments from DICE’s Patrick Bach that suggest the modding scene is in decline.

In an interview with AusGamers, Lightfoot said that DayZ – which itself is a mod of Bohemia’s shooter Arma 2 – is still enjoying new players. “We’re still coming to terms with some of things,” he beamed.

“People are still streaming DayZ, and getting thousands of followers every night, and this is on a buggy mod for a three year old game — we just didn’t think it was going to happen.”

On Bach’s belief that the mod scene is in decline, Lightfoot added, “The exec producer on Battlefield: Bad Company said something along the lines of “modding is dead”; well we certainly buried it alive didn’t we.

“I loved ArmA because of the customisability: you could download a mod and get a new aircraft — there was so many mods for it, and that’s what kept me playing. I’ve sunk thousands of hours into ArmA before DayZ even came about, and it expanded the lifecycle of the game indefinitely.

“So I certainly don’t think modding is dead. When you look at Half-Life and Black Mesa on the Source Engine, these things are huge games. So I don’t think it’s likely to die in the foreseeable future.”

For the record, Bach’s quotes were made around Battlefield 3 and weren’t made to attack the mod scene. In fact, he seemed quite down about it in his interview with GamePlanet.

Said Bach, “It’s sad to say. We’ve seen some cool mods but since games are getting more complicated to build, it’s also getting more complicated to mod them, so it’s a declining trend as we see it. Sad but true.”

What do you think? Is modding in decline? Let us know below.



  1. Stardog

    It’s in decline because there are barely any PC dev’s. They’ve all jumped ship to console.

    And who cares what DICE say? They haven’t done anything worth buying since 2005.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. nimrod123

    more complicated to build…

    by that do they mean they see mods as a threat to DLC sales, and therefore lock out any editing potential?

    i mean COD “updates” every year are basically mods of what started as COD 4. who would risk such a profitable reskin

    #2 1 year ago
  3. OwnedWhenStoned

    If it is in decline, it’s because publishers have done their level best to kill it.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Max Payne

    That’s so false. Just look at Gta and Skyrim how much mods those game have. Oh wait those are ”only” AAA game that support mods!!!

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MidlifeAxe

    Might be because developers stopped releasing the tools for modders.

    EDIT: The only developer I’ve seen say “games are getting more difficult to build” is DICE – probably to justify their lack of support for the modding community.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. manamana

    @1 please don’t count BFBC2 and Mirrors Edge out. Thanks, now hush, go back to your PC.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. wrklnt

    people are starting to get the hang of frostbyte, currently they are fiddeling with getting different vehicles into bc2 maps, even planes from singleplayer, spawns and flags already are movable

    it just shows that the interest is there and when people find a possibility they will try to get the most out of it

    #7 1 year ago
  8. GwynbleiddiuM

    @2 Exactly, Mods are declining because publishers realized they could sell a map for 10 dollars instead of letting people do that for free. DLCs and micro-transactions are the reason that devs are ignoring the mod community. Look at mod nexus and tell me if you think modding is in decline.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Tavarish

    @4 Hardly “only AAA games” to support modding. Source Engine was build with modding also in mind, ArmA games are build for modding, most of modern MMO’s support UI / Functionality mods, Witcher 2 just got mod tool etc.

    There is a lot AAA level games, not even speaking about smaller stuff like Men of War etc., that support modding at large and/or small scale. DICE just has this weird parade about how modding is dying thing because Frostbite X is too hard to mod etc.

    #9 1 year ago

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