Neverwinter MMO to Feature User-Created Content via Modding

Destructoid caught up with the the Neverwinter MMO team at PAX and learned about an exciting feature: the Foundry, an in-game editor that allows users to easily create, test, and publish original events and missions.

Rather than act as an external application, the Foundry operates in-game and can be tested while you’re playing. It’s currently limited to mission building, but the ability to create custom armor, weapons, and other items in the future has not been ruled out. The Foundry will also keep users informed through its interface of popular new content, similar to Steamworks.

As a tabletop Dungeons & Dragons player, I know that the best aspect of the game is the ability to create your own content, and a step toward translating that into an MMO is progressive leap forward for the genre while being a callback to the original Neverwinter Nights editor.


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3 Comments on Neverwinter MMO to Feature User-Created Content via Modding

critique

On September 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

Are they serious?

“Yeah we’re gonna have to ask you playerbase to sub into our mmo for 15 dollars a month and then would you mind also spending hours upon hours making ‘mods’ so that uh..you..uh could you know..uh..play? It’s not us being total lazyheads at all!, Honest!”

If they want me to pay 15 dollars a month for creating my own content to play, then I might as well go pay a hooker for a handjob that I performed on myself. That makes sense.

CJ Miozzi

On September 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

@critique:

To my understanding, they do not mean to say that they won’t be creating missions; they are simply providing us with what amounts to mod tools.

PC gaming has a long history of modding. We love mods, even if we aren’t modders ourselves. You can pay your $15 a month, not create a single mission, and play the tons of fantastic player-created missions that will come out. Or, you can ignore those and simply play the missions created by the devs.

I don’t believe these mod tools will be an excuse for the devs to not create additional content; rather, it’ll challenge them to create new content that is at least to the highest standards put out by the community.

lunar

On September 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm

critique: The game is free to play, and the foundry is also free to use. That pretty much kills your complaint.