The Dark Mod updates with improved AI, new assets

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Games do a great job of wish fulfilment. Sometimes that wish is downing a great dragon in an epic battle. Othertimes, it's creeping up through someone's house and absconding with their valuables. But then maybe it's creeping up through someone's house and absconding with their valuables and also it's steampunk.

The Dark Mod caters for the latter group. It's also excellent, and the winner of our 2013 Mod of the Year. Inspired by Thief, it's a standalone platform for community created missions—of which there is already an extensive library. Despite this ostensibly being a news story about The Dark Mod's most recent update, I'm more hoping someone will go, "oh yeah, that thing," and install it out of mild curiosity.

Nevertheless, this is a post about the update, and so about the update I shall write. The Dark Mod v2.03 brings new AI systems to the game—both adding extra animations for the guards, and tweaking their AI to co-ordinate group searches more intelligently.

Graphics have also been improved, both for existing levels, and with new assets that can be used in future missions. In all, there's over a hundred new high-quality models and textures. You can see a run-down of the mod's features in the video below.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.