GRID 2's Community Patch, which includes the Demo Derby, will come with a nice surprise for fans: modding support.
According to a community post update from Codemasters, the team is adding basic support to the game that "allows modified data and when enabled the game will now save your progress."
The save file is separate to the one used by the unmodified game and online play, leaderboards, achievements and RaceNet functionality will all be disabled to protect the integrity of the main game.
"Previously, some of our game's files were protected against modification," said the team. "This was intended as a defense against cheating, mostly during online play, but also when setting lap times or earning achievements. When the modification of a protected file has been detected the game would disable online access, achievements and would also prevent any saving from occurring.
"However, we understand that many mods are made with absolutely no intent of inconveniencing other players. These guys want to play the game in their own way, but as it stood the game would not save their progress if they were to modify a protected file."
Since this is the teams' first attempt at this for the GRID series, it is looking to get feedback along the way.
Currently, there are no plans for Steam Workshop, but it is being discussed. Mod support will be a PC-only feature and a quick start guide will be posted once the Community Patch arrives.
Below you will find confirmed details for the Community Patch:
Increased rewards in Custom Playlist
A new playlist titled ‘Hardcore’
Level cap raise to 99
Fastest lap times have been included for online play
A host of liveries previously restricted to single player will now be available in multiplayer
The maximum number of laps allowed in a race has been increased from 5 to 10
Veto weighting has been changed and now only requires 51% of the vote
Country flags have been included next a player’s name plate online
Reward for racing cleanly has been increased
A vote to kick option has been included
You can now skip the level up graphic
Modding Support v1.0 [PC Only]
Various bug fixes and background improvements
A concrete date for the patch has not been set, but the teams should have a better idea of when it may be released sometime next week.