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100 Unofficial Mods Released for 'No Man's Sky' (vice.com) 72

Eleven days after its release, No Man's Sky already has over 100 unofficial mods by fans intent on improving the game. "We don't have time to wait for official dev tools to fix what can be fixed by us," one modder told Motherboard. "We definitely want the official tools ASAP but honestly, the players need a game that actually launches and plays at decent FPS first." An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the article: In an email to one customer, Hello Games revealed that it will be releasing patches this week and next which will "help to improve the experience further for players" but it is unlikely that the promised official modding tools will be released in the near future...

Among the [unofficial] mods available for anyone to download are ones to...replace the system font with one from Star Trek, disable annoying audio warnings, and replace a "Units Received" alert with "the Rick 'Wubba Lubba Dub Dub' sound bite from Rick and Morty"... The Instagram Filter Remover mod is among the most popular on the No Man's Sky Mods website promising to remove "the stupid Instagram filter from the game"...making everything sharper and clearer.

That last mod has been downloaded 17,655 times so far, and by Friday the site had almost 800,000 views and 60,000 downloads. There's two other mods that add Dr. Who sound clips into the game, and the article notes fans are clamoring for more, "including one request to replace all the voice lines in the game with William Shatner quotes."
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100 Unofficial Mods Released for 'No Man's Sky'

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  • Oh please (Score:4, Funny)

    by JustAnotherOldGuy ( 4145623 ) on Saturday August 20, 2016 @11:16AM (#52738209)

    "We don't have time to wait for official dev tools to fix what can be fixed by us," one modder told Motherboard.

    Get a grip, buddy. It's a video game, not life-saving emergency surgery.

    God forbid you aren't able to change the color of your spaceship or change the alert sound to "the Rick 'Wubba Lubba Dub Dub' sound" until next week- I mean, this shit is of critical importance!!

    • Re:Oh please (Score:4, Informative)

      by King_TJ ( 85913 ) on Saturday August 20, 2016 @11:20AM (#52738229) Journal

      Sure, it's just a game... but it's also a $60 expense, which I think it's reasonable to expect plays as advertised.
      There's way too much nonsense in the current game industry where you pay retail prices for new game releases that are really still only "beta" quality.

      A lot of these mods are just minor changes or edits, sure.... But I saw at least 11 "fixes" posted there too.

      • by meglon ( 1001833 )
        PC patch is already live, got it this morning. Didn't change anything for me, my game was already running perfectly fine.
        • Did it fix alt-tab in and out of fullscreen?

          Did it let you build a host of robots to fend off drones? It is clear these drones are a grey goo scenario in progress with dozens covering every square mile of quadrillions of planets.

          Fighting that is the real game.

          • by meglon ( 1001833 )
            I actually didn't check the alt-tab.... not something i do with this game, so it escaped me attention. I like the drones though... it's a nice source of titanium early on (the three planets in my starting system didn't have any i could find). It would be nice if there was a better ground mapping system. And a shipboard camera angle that looked down.... i can't seem to find a ship that lets me visually survey what i'm flying over (landing on the tops of trees sucks).
            • Drones are an excellent source of titanium and schematics! My only real complaint with them is that they took forever to bring in reinforcements when I wanted to farm them. I spent awhile with 3 of the little flyers chasing me around waiting for them to call in bigger sentinels for me to kill as I was looking for a crafting component that they seemed to drop. Of course I eventually got tired of the kiting and not getting the drop and left. Once I got out of the atmosphere I was attacked by a sentinel fighte

      • by GNious ( 953874 )

        Wait a month? It'll then be less than 60 USD, and have had bugfixes.

        • like every game and OS ever. why does anyone buy something the day it comes out (or pre-order) and then complain about the state of the game?

          Name one game or OS that was released without major complaint in the last 5-10 years.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        Sure, it's just a game... but it's also a $60 expense, which I think it's reasonable to expect plays as advertised.
        There's way too much nonsense in the current game industry where you pay retail prices for new game releases that are really still only "beta" quality.

        Well, No Man's Sky has two issues. First, it's the opposite on pricing - you hear of AAA games priced at indie levels, but NMS is an indie game priced at AAA levels. (And it IS an indie game - the developer's other game was a mobile one). But tha

        • Two issues? I would say the second issue is they dropped multiplayer after promising it, and taking people's money.

          http://www.ibtimes.com/no-mans... [ibtimes.com]

          It looks like there were many promises not met with the game. I can kind of understand, small developer overpromises and can't deliver.

    • Get a grip, buddy. It's a video game, not life-saving emergency surgery.

      If they don't release the tools as promised, it's fraud.

    • BINGO the reaction the publisher intended is verbalized by a genius!

      What a deep, thoughtful interpretation of the situation.

  • Most of these mods are just color changes and effect removals. Modding is awesome, but get off your high horse about 'fixing' the game.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The procedural generation system in the game is amazing. Everything else is half-assed or worse. What the game needs is more and deeper procedural generation. All the pretty planets in every galaxy found so far have nothing but copies of the same seven stupid structures scattered at the same density. That really undercuts any wonder from all the landscapes and lifeforms. An expansion needs to give us a path to a galaxy where the planets have procedurally generated towns, farms, roads, rivers and NPCs. Hello

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