Mod News: Nearing Completion

This week in Mod News, a couple of interesting projects are on their way to being released. There’s also a bunch of Dragon Age II mods already, along with a nice resource for anyone wanting to try their hand at making such things. Could there even be more? Why yes, there could! Click on to read it all.

Morrowind Rebirth is, apparently, almost ready for release. In fact, it’ll be out on 30th March. At the moment the developer is playtesting his reimagined version of Bethesda’s classic RPG, and adding some final touches. Not long to wait.

So is Half-Life 2 mod Alone We Travel – Part 1. It’s another mod set in the mother game’s world, but this one sets itself apart by seemingly having some decent level designers on-board. Still no release date, just those two little words: “almost finished”. I’m looking forward to this one.

I haven’t seen much of this game in a while. It’s Rune! I liked Rune! Anyway, someone’s making a sneaky stealth mod for it – which, if the continual references to it mean anything, seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from the Thief series, in particular the third game. There’s a load of info, as well as a few screenshots, beyond this here fancy hyperlink.

In extremely short news, renowned HL2 mod Empires has been granted the gift of availability on Steam. How lovely.

And finally, extraordinary-looking Half-Life 2 mod Tales from the Galactopticon has released a load of new stuff, from information to video footage to screenshots. Totally go and check up on what the team’s been up to since its last update. The screenshot below (although set up for promo purposes) goes some way to explaining why I’m excited, I should think.

Would you like Alistair in Dragon Age II? Or a prettier Avaline? How about an extended attribute cap, or the removal of item restrictions? Yes, Dragon Age II is out now, and the mods area already rolling in. Dragon Age Nexus has a whole bunch of them. Why not take a look?

Red Alert 3 mod Shock Therapy has received an update. We’re now on version 1.011 of the mod, first released in 2009, which attempts to improve, fix and add a heap of stuff to the mother game. This patch was created based on community feedback, and is concerned mainly with game balancing. Grab it from ModDB.

There’s now an expansion for Blue Portals. It’s called Extended Play, and it’s available via the mod’s page on Desura. This is a non-canon map pack, which once downloaded will be accessible from Blue Portals’ ‘bonus content’ menu.

And impressive Oblivion mod Dibella’s Watch has hit beta 6. For the first time, this release includes the first snippets of the main storyline running through the mod’s core. There’s also a new region of the land, as well as the usual tweaks. A fairly substantial update, then. You know where to get it.

While searching for Dragon Age II mods, I thought I’d have a browse of the internet to see if anything interesting and mod-related was surfacing other than the mods themselves. And the best resource I’ve found for aspiring modders is an area of the Nexus Forums, in which people seem to be happy to help one another in their quests for Dragon Age II mod supremacy. Have a look. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful.

‘Til next time.


  1. Nemon says:

    Morrowind Rebirth; for the love of Azura: Please vertex shade!

  2. Diziet Sma says:

    Ah there are a few tweaks I’d like to make to DA2, enjoying it so far having played through all three paths up to the bit after the deep roads expedition.

    This really isn’t the place to ask but does anybody know of a hack/mod to Red Alert 3 that will let me zoom the camera out a bit more?

  3. oceanclub says:

    I’m wondered what the “Morrowind Rebirth” mod will offer that isn’t already offered by the various multiple “improvement” styles mods already available. This new mods adds things like new music and new NPCs; personally I thought the original music was pretty good, and lack of NPCs wasn’t a problem.


  4. GoodPatton says:

    RUNE!!! I absolutely loved that game. I would love to see an HD remake of that game ala Serious Sam, that would brighten my Enormous Axe-Viking-less days.

  5. Sarlix says:

    Fill in the gaps:

    O-l-g-t-ry B-a-k M-s- C-m-nt

  6. Player1 says:

    I really hope that Empires will now get the fan base it deserves. It really is a fantastic mod.

  7. GallonOfAlan says:

    Black Mesa is a goner. Surely.

    • General Frags says:

      Actually the mod is finished, they are just polishing up the mod and getting all the bugs and glitches out of the way. They are still answering questions on their forums too atm, and the soundtrack was finished earlier this month too, but with the devs either in University/College or in full time jobs they only work part time on the mod, so it will be a long time before its released.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Sounds like the Sith Lords Restoration Project. Pretty sure that was never released, unfortunately.

  8. Fwiffo says:

    The ambitious but buggy STALKER SoC mod L.U.R.K. has apparently been revived by its creator, who seems uncharacteristically mellow and friendly now. He’s promised to fix the stuff wrong with the 1.1 release like the overbearing bloom, wonky AI and screwy guns, as well as add new stuff.

    Great news, since L.U.R.K. is the only SoC mod that tries something different. Rather than unloading a lorryload of mismatched looking guns and textures into a Russian-made AMK base and turning the Zone into a piss easy Tesco run of free loot, this mod actually makes stuff scarce and tougher to play.

    I hope it only gets better for them from here.

    • Dervish says:

      Hey, that AMK base you mentioned is great when it’s not saddled with all the extra loot n’ features. But your characterization of most mods is correct. Cool news about LURK; thanks.

  9. The Army of None says:

    Hey Lewis, is there any word of a Respec mod for Dragon Age II to reassign talent points?

    • malkav11 says:

      I expect you’d rather not, but you could shell out for the Black Emporium DLC, which was an okay prepurchase extra but not really worth money. One of the things the Emporium sells are respec potions.

  10. DigitalSignalX says:

    I’ve been searching for Dragon Age 2 mods, but at the moment the nexus site is horrible about keeping DA:O and DA2 mods separate when you do searches or a category break down.

    • Diziet Sma says:

      If you go to the advanced search on nexus you can scroll down the Category drop down about half way and select Dragon Age 2 as your reference point, or any category therein:

      link to

      It seems to work but apart from some character/model designs it’s a bit thin on the ground.

  11. DrazharLn says:

    A mod to make Aveline prettier? I thought we were moving away from requiring every female character in gaming to be classically beautiful.

    What a shame.

  12. Navagon says:

    Tales from the Galactopticon looks pretty damn fine. I’ll be keeping an eye on that one.

  13. Diziet Sma says:

    There is currently no confirmation from Bioware as to whether or not there will be a toolset for DA:2. If there is it will appear later not sooner so to speak. mods may be a bit thin on the ground without it as it’s constrained to the tricks that worked with DA:Origins or the more entrepreneurial hackers out there.

  14. Basilicus says:

    The Nexus sites are amazing. I don’t create mods so much as suckle at the creative teats of those who know how, and I can’t recommend the Nexus sites highly enough. Very friendly, very helpful, very responsive. Best modding communities out there. Went from knowing nothing to running 150 mods on Oblivion without much of a headache, and they just keep on growing. Can’t wait to see what they do with Skyrim.