While not always seen in the best of lights, nobody can argue the somewhat inexplicable popularity of the Farming Simulator series. The quality of the games has been on the rise in recent instalments, and the latest edition promises to bring mod support to both the PC and console versions.
For those not familiar with the Farming Simulator series, and I can imagine a fair few of you might not be, the game, not surprisingly, allows you to take on the role of a modern-day farmer, with everything from ploughing fields and planting crops to raising livestock and taking produce to market.
Farming Simulator 17 will be released on October 25th this year, and this week a new gameplay trailer was released, showcasing some of the new features and enhancements that this new version brings to the table.
There's a kind of semi-official second use to the game too, though. It's basically a massive open-world sandbox with questionable physics and even more questionable places for you to get your tractor stuck into. This perhaps goes some way to explain it's popularity: there's more fun to be had with this game than just plain old farming, if you're so inclined.
This makes the fact that proper mod support is coming to the game actually quite exciting; with the possibilities for creative, hilarious and downright dangerous mods no doubt high on the agenda. The good news is that mod support is also coming to consoles, although I can't help but think that if Bethesda struggled with console modding, Farming Simulator's attempt is going to be spectacular.
Multiplayer support also features, meaning you can have up to 16 of your fellow farmers (limited to 6 on consoles) join you for some good old genuine farming fun. Or, y'know, seeing how far you can throw the physics engine.
Are you a fan of the Farming Simulator series? Is this an update you're looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!