What keeps popular indie games going well past their launch date? It might just be the modding community behind them.
When it comes to indie titles, everyone has their favourite game in their Steam list. That one gem they’ve invested hundreds of hours into over the course of months or years. But once you’ve mastered the gameplay and completed all you can, how can you make your experience feel fresh again? Mods are the answer.
These are just a few examples where modding has given an indie game a new lease on life, or even resulted in an entirely different experience for players beyond what developers could hope to provide.
With a well-documented and highly loyal community, Rimworld has one of the most robust and well-known modding collectives in the indie game sphere. With Tynan, the colony sim’s developer, approving the creation of whatever mods the community can come up with, it’s possible to carve out an entirely new style of gameplay from the base that Rimworld offers.
From adding alien races to introducing brand-new combat features, creating eldritch cults to simply providing additional quality of life options, Rimworld thrives on its vast modding community, and it’s not unheard of for streamers and solo players alike to include hundreds of mods for a playthrough in order to gain a fresh perspective on the game.