So, addons. Most of us either love ‘em or hate ‘em. Me? I can’t even fire up World of Warcraft these days without a minimum of six or so going. Letting players customize their gameplay experiences down to the bare threads is one aspect of an MMORPG that definitely sets the bar high. Even if we don’t personally enjoy using them in our games, there’s no mistaking the fact that addons, overall, help the development team create a better user interface and better features. On today’s WildStar Wednesday, we see one such example along with some examples of player-made addons that are showing up in beta:
“What I’ve been telling anyone who will listen for the last seven years is that this idea of democratizing (that word’s much easier to write than say!) the ability to modify the game, coupled with an active community of both modders and users, brings huge added value to the entire game experience. As Addon developers upload their Addons to the community, we will see all sorts of wild and crazy and brilliant ideas (some of which will be awful!) and eventually the best of those ideas will rise to the top and may even become integrated with the base UI. It will make the game better for everyone, even those who never want to bother with installing Addons themselves.”
That’s exactly the case we’ve seen with the user interface progression in most MMORPGs that allow player addons. Players really do come up with some awesome ideas sometimes, and smart developers keep that in mind. Make sure to check out the developer blog for a bunch of addon preview screenshots.