The Epic Games Store is adding another piece of functionality that it lacks compared to competitors like Steam: mod support. The first title to participate in the beta launch of Epic Games Store Mods is MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries. An update is available to the game, and players will be able to mod the title through the Epic Games Store Launcher.
Adding mods can add massive appeal to a game and help to extend their lifespan. They allow players to change parts of the experience to suit their needs. Traditionally, mods had to be sort of hacked into a game. But, in 2011 Steam introduced the Steam Workshop, which allows players to manage their mods within the store client itself and automatically apply them to the game files stored locally on their machine. Now, Epic finally has a beta of that same technology.
In a blog post on the game’s official site, the MechWarrior 5 developers Piranha Games recommended a handful of mods that can change core mechanics, overhaul systems, expand enemy AI, and even turn the first- and third-person action game into a real-time strategy game. From Thursday’s announcement:
MechCommander Mercenaries by the MCM Team is a recently-announced and highly ambitious real-time strategy conversion of MW5. A complete genre change like this really speaks to the capabilities and flexibility of making mods for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in the Unreal Engine!
MW5 Mercs Reloaded by NavidA1, the most prolific creator in the MW5 Modding community, is not just a near ground-up expansion of ‘Mechs and the MechLab, but an ongoing rework of many core systems and a collection of great quality-of-life improvements.
MercTech by MagnumForceGB is a comprehensive overhaul of many core mechanics related to ‘Mechs and the MechLab, introducing an array of new weapons, equipment, and features inspired by traditional BattleTech systems and rules.
The TableTopRulez Lancemate and Enemy AI Mods by Oraeon1224 are two significant expansions on the AI systems in MW5, bringing greater complexity and visible levels of intelligence to the in-mission AI.
The MW5 Mod Compatibility Pack by Sketch is an amazing effort to increase compatibility between disparate Mods, enabling creators to focus their work and coordinate with other creators to unlock even greater potential in their Mods.
MechWarrior 5 will serve as a test case for Epic’s mod integration. This is just one of the features that Epic plans to add to their exclusive games launcher. In May, Epic Online Services launched, which provides a suite of tools like cross-play, cross-progression, unified matchmaking, and more free for developers. More quality of life improvements are coming to the Epic Games Store, like the ability to maintain a shopping cart and send gifts.