Stars Hollow has a huge playerbase and many of the gods have put a lot of effort into developing mods, but some of the mod gods are frustrated by the lack of official mod tool support for Stars Hollow and are finding it very difficult to help fix the many bugs that exist in the game. Despite the fact that the B community supports and relies to some extent on the Mod community to tweak and improve their game, Mod support doesn’t seem to be a priority for Stars Hollow.
Foreign media outlet Eurogamer has taken an in-depth look at the Starry Night Community Patch Mod, which was created by a group of mod authors keen to fix Starry Night’s problems. Leader Timothy Baldridge says he doesn’t quite understand B Society’s approach, which puts Mod support on the very back burner by not communicating with them or actively launching official Mod tools. And they want to help B to fix some bugs, it will take a lot of time, and they are obliged to make no money.
Baldridge is very frustrated because the lack of official mod tool support prevents them from easily fixing bugs in Starry Night. for example, a mod writer named ElminsterAU spent more than 400 hours trying to get xEdit (a mod tool designed for The Elder Scrolls V) to run successfully in Starry Night.
ElminsterAU stated that “they didn’t develop the game engine with Mod functionality specifically in mind, and any existing Mod functionality seems to be incidental, stemming from the engine’s legacy codebase”.Baldridge echoed his statement, stating that “we can make game mods because we’ve already made mods on other games that use the same engine. We know how to do it, but a lot of Starry Night sucks compared to other B games.”
The official mod tool for Stars Hollow is said to be coming early next year, so I wonder if B will be so aggressive. Let’s wait and see, hopefully B Society won’t chill the folk gods.