CD Projekt Red has begun releasing official modding support tools for Cyberpunk 2077, paving the way for more complex mods of the PC version.
The official Cyberpunk 2077 mod support page explains that it will offer “official tools and resources that will help you modify and create your own experiences in the world of Cyberpunk 2077.”
Those tools tools are currently fairly limited, offering downloads of the game’s metadata, and two utilities for listing game data and settings. There’s nothing just yet that allows modders to easily unpack and edit the game’s files, so this should be considered a first step on the road to official mods, rather than the beginning of a new influx.
CDPR adds that, “Tools will be continuously updated alongside with game patches to ensure compatibility.” It also encourages users to read the licence agreement before opting to use modding tools, presumably to ensure all users understand the guidelines around using third-party software in relation to CD Projekt’s own creation.
While official mod support is only just being added, the community has been producing mods for Cyberpunk 2077 since the game released in December last year. While generally simple, some successful mods so far include one that adds the smoggy atmosphere of Blade Runner to Night City, renders the game in a Borderlands-style cell shaded look, and a variety of others than improve the game. Arguably less successful is the Cyberpunk 2077 third person mod, which feels like it more so proves that the game should be played in first person than anything else.
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Global Executive Editor of News.