Treyarch announces that the PC mod tools for last year's hit first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are now available in open beta form on Steam.
Prior to the game's launch, Treyarch confirmed that PC mod tools would be coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, making it possible for the modding community to expand the game for dedicated fans. PC mod tools for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 have been tested throughout the year in a closed alpha state, but they are now available in open beta.
Anyone interested in utilizing the PC mod tools for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 access them through their Steam library. From there, players are free to create their own mods or play any that others have made in custom games and the server browser. Of course, since these mod tools are in the open beta phase, players should expect some hiccups, but Treyarch plans on updating the tools on a regular basis based on fan feedback.
As it stands, the Call of Duty series has not had significant mod support over the years. In fact, there have only been a couple of significant mods released for Call of Duty games, like the Star Wars: Galactic Warfare and Mirror's Edge prologue mods that were made for Modern Warfare. Hopefully Treyarch's direct support of the mod tools for Black Ops 3 sees more quality mods for franchise fans on PC to sink their teeth into.
But what about console gamers? Ever since Fallout 4 mod support hit Xbox One, the door has been open for other games to follow suit on the platform, but not many have done so. If PC mod tools prove to be a hit for Black Ops 3 on PC, perhaps Treyarch will consider bringing mod support to the Xbox One version of the game. PS4 gamers, unfortunately, may not ever see Black Ops 3 mods on their console of choice, as Sony is blocking mods on the platform for the time being.
Maybe if there is enough enthusiasm for Black Ops 3 mods, Sony may reconsider its stance. After all, Sony has developed a strong relationship with Activision this generation, acquiring timed exclusivity rights to DLC released for not only Black Ops 3, but also the upcoming Infinite Warfare as well. If any publisher was able to convince Sony to open the console mod floodgates, it seems like Activision would be the one.
Before any of that comes to pass, though, the modding community will have to get to work creating quality Black Ops 3 mods that people actually want to play. Now that the PC mod tools for the game are more widely available, fans should be able to look forward to more high quality mods for 2015's best-selling game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is available now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Steam Community