Square Enix is adding Steam Workshop support to Final Fantasy XV when it release on PC in 2018. Game director Hajime Tabata spoke to PC Gamer recently at PAX West in Seattle, Washington about the topic, and specifically nude mods, where the outlet baited him into a response.
The outlet reports that Tabata responded via translator but mentioned that it would be up to the CEO of Square Enix what the future of modding would be, with PC Gamer paraphrasing…
“While it’s ultimately up to the CEO of Square Enix, [Tabata] says that “if things are taken a little too far,” the mods for Final Fantasy 15 might affect the moddability of future Final Fantasy games. “So if there’s anything we can say, it’s try to be as controlled as possible.”
Expect the modding community to take about as much heed to those words as bulls being told to stop after being let out of a pin to chase a parade of cape-wearing clowns dressed to celebrate menstruation day.
Even still, the idea that naughty mods from the community could halt future Square games from having Workshop support would be rather petty on the end of Square Enix.
This actually follows up on a previous interview PCGamesN conducted with Tabata, who explained that nude mods was something that Square had to be prepared for when making Steam Workshop support an integrated part of the PC experience with the release of Final Fantasy XV, where he wrote…
“When we were getting together for discussion, all the people together in the project were airing out their worries, [nude mods] were something most people were really worried about,”
“This is part of the culture of gaming these days. These people—it’s a thing they’ve bought, it’s their game now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a good thing, but we’re going to leave it to the moral sense of all the players out there. I basically want, as a principle, to give as much freedom and as little limitations on it as possible.”
Look, we all know nude mods are going to happen. It’s the nature of gaming; it’s the nature of existence. The only question is which kind of nude mods and SFM porn will hit the net first featuring Final Fantasy XV content? Will it be a nude mod for Cindy? Will it be Noctis making love to the animatronic puppets from Five Nights at Freddy’s? Will it be an orgy of chaos made possible in Garry’s Mod between the boy band and some anatomically corrected suits from Warframe? The possibilities are endless.
The only thing Tabata needs to know for sure is that whether mod tools are made available or not, modders will find a way through the adversity of encryption and DRM to make nude mods happen.