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The Trese Brothers, the developers of Star Traders: Frontiers, the award-winning space simulation RPG, today announced that they will be adding mod support to the game, in a Steam post celebrating 250+ updates from free content made since the game was released.
“We reached a point in the development of Star Traders where we could zoom out and consider larger changes to the game,” said Andrew Trese, Co-Founder and Creative Director. “Player feedback and insights have always been a deep pool for us, and the momentum of the game is still going strong years after its release. Adding mod support seems like a natural extension. “
As a sandbox RPG spanning the galaxy, Star Traders: Frontiers offers plenty of modding opportunities.
- Turn-based ship combat and Darkest Dungeon-style crew combat with a variety of ship components, crew jobs, and gear to choose from.
- dynamic missions assigned to NPCs that test a captain’s skills in diplomacy, exploration, espionage, trade, etc.
- open trade or smuggling between planets and across quadrants
- a layer of strategy forcing Captains to navigate the ever-changing political intrigue and conflict of six main factions.
“We’ve always loved the idea of adding mod support to our games,” said Cory Trese, Co-Founder and CTO. “Star Traders has the player base, the depth and I think an eternity is well worth it.”
Tools and possibilities
The initial scope of mod support will include:
- A basic save editor that all players can use to customize their personal games.
- Steam Workshop tools for uploading and downloading mods, and a moddable version of the game installed separately.
- Officially supported access and documentation to the game’s database for creating mods.
Some fans have already found ways to create limited mods or utilities for the game, ranging from swapping out custom outfits for their characters to a shipbuilding planning tool. But with open access to the game’s database and Steam Workshop integration for mod distribution, mods will be much easier to create, install, and maintain.
A call for modders (and a chance to get early access)
All interested mod creators and contributors can sign up to receive an email when the mod tools for Star Traders: Frontiers are fully released. Through this form, modders can also apply to be considered for an Early Access Mod Tools group later this summer.
This group will get early access to tools, provide feedback that will help determine which modding capabilities and features are prioritized, and may have mods they create officially featured by Trese Brothers when they fully roll out mod support.
A next frontier for Star Traders
Games like Darkest Dungeon saw an explosion of new content, new character classes, and new gear created when mod support was added, while Path of Exile’s data APIs allowed developers to create incredibly useful player utilities for an equally deep and complex RPG.
The Trese Brothers are excited to add mod support and hope it will give a fan favorite game another boost.
About Star Traders: Frontiers
Launched in 2018, Star Traders: Frontiers is available on Steam (PC / Mac / Linux), Android and iOS. It is the latest title in Trese Brothers’ longest-running game series, and has received critical acclaim from Rock Paper Shotgun, Strategy Gamer, Pocket Tactics and others.
Players are the captain of a spaceship venturing into a huge open universe. Customize your crew and take command at the helm of your own ship as you explore a galaxy torn apart by internal strife, alien threats and political intrigue.
About Trese Brothers Games
For over 10 years, the Trese Brothers have been creating deep, highly replayable RPGs. They have built a reputation as a gamer-focused studio with regularly updated long-lasting games, no IAP operators, and personal involvement in gamer communities. Their next title, Cyber Knights: Flashpoint, is a heist RPG set in a dark future, in development after raising over $ 200,000 on Kickstarter.
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