A few days ago the modding community of Dying Light were sent DMCA takedowns, followed up by Techland pushing out a patch that disabled the ability to mod the game at all. Apparently it seems that those takedowns were sent out on accident per the ESA as reported by Ars Technica.
“ESA was notified this morning that potentially erroneous DMCA notices had been transmitted by one of its vendors,” the ESA told Ars Technica.
“Upon further review, it was determined that the notices should not have been sent and retractions were issued immediately. We regret any inconvenience and have taken steps to avoid similar situations in the future.”
But what about the patch that disabled the modding? Was that an accident as well? Techland says it was and was due to them attempting to stop cheaters. Is that the truth? I mean, the mods were just changes to the skins and graphics in the, how would they be consider cheats? However we can say is that Techland is actually going to be putting out official modding tools for the community and wants to show that they do encourage the modding community to be active in their games. Going one further that are inviting the community to visit them at over at the official Dying Light forums and pitch their modding ideas to them.
Modders were a massive part of our gaming community since Call of Juarez 2 and Dead Island – and we wish to continue that with Dying Light. This invitation is only the first stage of our cooperation with the gaming community. After the modding tools are released, we plan to actively support the coolest mods created by players.
We want to give creative freedom to the players to help keep Dying Light fresh and interesting even many years after their release. We want to thank players for the support they have shown us and are looking forward to their ideas where Dying Light can go from here.
Judging from that it would seem that Techland had no plans to remove modding from the game and wants to show the community just that. At least that’s what they are saying anyway.
TLDR; Sorry we got caught guys, but we totally support you modders. In fact here’s some tools as a sign of good faith and let’s talk about your ideas. We promise we won’t take them or use them for ourselves.
Seriously folks, but how does a DMCA takedown “accidentally” get sent out? With no merit to hold at that? Just seems fishy to me. Maybe Nintendo should contact Techland about those Super Mario themed levels in Dying Light.
Dying Light is currently available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Sources: Ars Technia