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Saints Row IV gets first stage of SDK, makes it easier to design/import weapons

An absence of modding tools hardly means an absence of mods—just look at GTAIV, and the impressive modifications that have cropped up since the game's release. An SDK would obviously help the process along though, which is why it's wonderful to see the efforts over at the Saints Row Mods forum being given Volition's official blessing. The first stage of Saints Row IV's newly released modding tools allows players to make their own weapons, though you're going to have to up your game if you hope to compete with the likes of the dubstep gun.

A guide on how to use the modding tools is located here , and while they don't turn the process into something a simpleton (i.e. me) could easily follow, I'd imagine they make it quicker and easier to replace existing content without having to get stuck into the source code. Later releases of the SDK will allow for easier modding of other parts of the game, but weapons seems like a good start.

If you're wondering what the above image refers to, Volition have given modders access to a weapon skin from the recently announced Gat out of Hell , although it's lacking the behaviour/characteristics here that will be featured when the gun is available for wielding in GooH itself. In addition, a file featuring all of the weapons from Saints Row 3 and 4 is available to download at this link .

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.