Total War: Shogun 2 Modding Tool Now Available
Sega announced today that they've released a modding tool for Total War: Shogun 2 and its standalone expansion Fall of the Samurai. It's the first time that they've released an official mod tool for the strategy series.
The Total War editor, also called TEd, lets players create their own battle maps for land, naval, and siege encounters. These maps can be used in custom battle against A.I. enemies or in multiplayer. If you enter a match with a person who possesses a custom map, you'll automatically download it.
TEd lets you craft every little detail of a battlefield. You can specify the type of terrain and its height. You can then populate this area with trees, buildings and hundreds of other objects. You can even construct custom castles.
Total War has always had a modding community, so it's cool to see Sega and Creative Assembly supporting players' creative sides. For a lot of developers, modding tools are a low priority. It's a shame, because it ends up helping them in the long run: mods keep players attached to games for years beyond its release. It's a way to create life-long fans.
If you already own Shogun 2 or Fall of Samurai, you can download TEd through the Tools section of your Steam library.
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