The Train2Game blog has long held the belief that modding is a fantastic way for those on Train2Game courses to improve their skills. Not only that but it can potentially offer a way of getting your work out to a theoretically unlimited number of people.
That’s what happened with some Team Fortress 2 community modders who’ve not only seen their work introduced as in-game items, but as the Train2Game blog has previously reported, they’ve made money from them.
The free version of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 development kit (UDK) is one example of a modding tool that’s now been installed over 800,000 times since its launch. That’s what Epic Vice President Mark Rein told Gamasutra.
UDK is available to anyone – including those on Train2Game courses – for free. A developer that wants to use it for commercial use; that is to use it to develop then sell a game having to pay $99 to enter into a revenue share model. If the game is successful and makes more than $50,000, Epic will take a 25% cut of revenue after that point.
It might sound like a lot but we’re sure that any Train2Game student who went onto produce a UDK powered game that made $50,000 would be more than happy to give something back to Epic!
UDK come highly recommended by game developers, including Volition’s Jameson Durall. In part three of our interview with the Red Faction: Armageddon Lead Level Designer – to be published later this week – he recommends UDK in particular as a good modding tool.
Other prominent PC game modding tools include Valve’s Source SDK – which is as the Train2Game blog reported is being made ‘less painful’ to use – while a Starcraft II also provides modding tools. The Train2Game blog previously revealed that one Starcraft II modders work was so impressive, it brought about attention from game development studios.
It all points towards modding being something useful for Train2Game students! And with UDK free to download, there’s no reason fro budding game developers not to give it a whirl.
Have you considered modding? Will you try out UDK? Or perhaps you’ve modded already and if so, what have you produced?
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