The Witcher fans displeased with modtool kit
The Witcher 3 had plans to include a modding toolkit in which you can make your own mods to upload online or possibly through Steam's own mod workshop service. Sadly, it appears that the mod support fans of the series were promised isn't what they had expected or wanted.
What The Witcher 3 did get the other day is a Modkit, which allows the user to manipulate "the looks and feels of in-game objects," while mesh substitutes let them put new models into the world. Scripting tools let modders "fiddle with item statistics and much more."
In an announcement yesterday, CD Projekt Red, the game's developer, acknowledged:
"...the modding tools we are releasing are not an editor. They're meant for people who are somewhat experienced with modding software and are designed to make creating mods easier."
What the modding community was expecting was a new version of Redkit, which has been used with The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, launched in the year 2011. A fan had asked if Redkit was on the way after Modkit, after which the CD Projekt RED community manager Marcin Momot broke the bad news on Twitter to the fan.
@MeerMusik This is the mod support for the Wild Hunt. At this moment we are not planning to release anything else.— Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) August 14, 2015
A fan of the game series had then pointed out the community manager referred to Redkit by name in an IGN interview which was done in January of 2014, saying the studio looked to be releasing a Redkit for The Witcher 3 "sometime after the game is launched". But back in May of this year Iwinski said mod support for the game was coming, but he notably did not call it by the name Redkit. Everyone just seems to be assuming that's what he was talking about, and evidently something had to have changed between January 2014 and now.
A lot of Witcher fans didn't take this news very well at all. Here are just a few tweets in response to this news.
@Marcin360 "we are looking to release the REDkit sometime after the game launches for the modding community." ..... God damn it.— Nicholas Draeger (@NicholasDraeger) August 14, 2015