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XCOM: Enemy Within mod tools aren't "on the table," but might be coming someday

Ian Birnbaum at

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was one of our favorite games last year, but the brilliant turn-based strategy game lacks the modding support we hope for in big PC games. In a new interview, XCOM designer Garth DeAngelis says that modding tools aren’t “on the table currently,” but that doesn’t mean they’re never coming.

Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 7

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 7 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 6

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 6 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 5

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 5 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 4

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 4 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 3

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 3 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first. We'll be posting part 4 this time tomorrow.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 2

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim actually isn't that hard, and Bethesda are making it even easier with a series of 15 minute video tutorials. This is part 2 - if you're just joining us, see part 1 of the Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial first. We'll be posting part 3 this time tomorrow.


Skyrim Creation Kit video tutorial - part 1

Tom Francis at

Making a mod for Skyrim is easier than you might think. The Creation Kit, released this week, lets you create new monsters, quests, buildings, landscapes and weapons without having to take up programming. Grab it by selecting 'Tools' in your Steam games library - it's under C for Creation Kit rather than S for Skyrim.

Best of all, the developers themselves are doing a great series of video tutorials on how to use the Creation Kit, aimed at absolute beginners. They're in easily digestible 15 minute chunks, so we'll be posting a new one every day. Until Bethesda can't keep up, of course, at which point we'll start calling them and asking "Is it out yet? Is it out now? How about now?" until they do. Part 1 is above.


Portal 2 mod tools are out now

Tom Senior at

Valve announce that Portal 2 level creation tools are now available to all. The latest version of the Source Development Kit is in beta, but can still be used to create new single player and co-op maps, character skins, 3D models, sound effects and music for Portal 2. You'll find the free download in the "Tools" section of Steam.

If you're new to mapping, and haven't used Valve's mod tools before, you'll find a ton of useful information on the Valve Developer Community wiki. Valve also recommend that budding mappers join two mailing lists to keep abreast of all the latest information on updates to the Source Development Kit, one for general mapping, and one for Portal 2. Good luck!