Saints Row 4 launches Steam Workshop for mods

Back in the day, to install mods we needed to trudge through the digital snow — upcyberhill, both ways — and we’d consider ourselves lucky if we only got caned thrice for mistyping DOS commands. The youth of today are spoiled, simply clicking a few buttons in the Steam Workshop to install and play mods. Where’s the graft? I swear, some of these kids playing mods these days haven’t even lost fingers to cyberfrostbite. Fine then, go on, go and play Saints Row 4 [official site] mods easily with its fancy new official Steam Workshop support, see if I care. The game’s on sale now too.

Not many mods are live in the SR4 Steam Workshop yet but presumably more modders will be bringing their work over from other hosts. You can already find new (and old) clothes, new weapons, more paint colours, more homies, cheats, and a fair bit of other assorted wackiness. Hopefully the increased attention will encourage folks to make more mods too.

Volition said some words through their fingers and keyboards:

“There were many challenges in implementing Steam Workshop support since the game was not originally designed to support modding. A handful of dedicated Volition devs worked on this in their free time to update the engine and remove memory restrictions, as well as finding a way for individual mods to interact and work correctly with each other without the need for running special tools. It was all a labor of love for our fans, and we’re incredibly excited to see the crazy content you come up with!”

They also give a shout out to the modders and players living virtually at Saints Row Mods, “who worked with us on creating and improving the tools, along with all the testing and feedback over the last few years.”

The Workshop is only live for the Windows version now but Volition hope to bring it to Linux too.

To celebrate all this, the game’s on sale on Steam. £2.74/3,74€/$3.74 is a good price for the best superhero game ever made.

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6 Comments

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    phuzz says:

    So the developers added mod support, well after the game came out, for free?
    Classy move Volition, you’ll be getting more of my money down the line.

    • Crafter says:

      well, they have also some pretty awful paid dlc, like the ‘hey ash’ one.
      They could not have tried to sell this with the mod workshop out at the same time.
      Still, releasing the mod workshop is of course a good move (and nobody has to buy these awful DLCs anyway).

  2. satan says:

    ‘A handful of dedicated Volition devs worked on this in their free time’

    Why not just pay the poor souls for their hard work?

    • welverin says:

      I think it’s safe to assume they had other things to work on and no one in charge would have o.k.ed working on mod support over whatever the current project is. Soooo, the only way it was going to happen was for them to do it outside of work.

    • Person of Interest says:

      “Free time” could mean the unallocated time between projects. Recall the Ubisoft “limbo” puff piece from a while back that described how the company utilized employees for which they didn’t have a project, but also didn’t want to lay off.

  3. MrFinnishDude says:

    Great-o.
    Is it only steam workshop compatible? I’m just wondering because if it is, it will get a huge surge in disquised nsfw content because of the nature of the game.
    C’mon now it will be inevitable.

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