Croteam has announced that it's launching Steam Workshop support and Serious Sam 4 modding as part of the game's 20-year anniversary, and that's not all — a Serious Sam 2 update had also launched today.
Serious Sam 4 is the latest game in the wacky first-person shooter series with too many guns and far too many enemies. It's been out for nearly six months and has been pretty well-received. Now, it's going to get a second wind from modders, armed with all the tools they need to make cool new content for the game.
How Serious Sam 4 Modding Changes the Game
The Serious Sam 4 modding comes down to two parts: an updated version of the Serious Editor and Steam Workshop support.
"We can’t wait to see what the modding community has in store for Serious Sam 4." – Davor Hunski, CCO at Croteam and Serious Sam 4 Project Lead
The Serious Editor is the game's Software Development Kit (SDK) that can be used by fans to make their own custom content. New to this edition is a terrain editor, support for vehicles, and upgraded scripting support and battle systems. Steam Workshop support has arrived, too. This makes it easy for modders to distribute their custom content via Steam.
“Modders have always been the backbone of our community, expanding Serious Sam games with crazy modifications of all shapes and sizes," explained Croteam CCO (and Serious Sam 4 Project Lead) Davor Hunski in a press release. "Some of the total conversion mods we have played throughout the years were absolutely impressive, and have kept our games alive for years."
Modders are going to need some time to make substantial content for the game. That said, there are already a fair few items on the Serious Sam 4 Steam Workshop page that might be worth checking out.
Serious Sam 2 Update 2.90 Launches for 15-Year-Old Game
The launch of Serious Sam 4 modding isn't the only surprise for the franchise's 20th birthday — Serious Sam 2 update 2.9.0 has arrived. Yes, that's right: the absolute madlads at Croteam launched an update for a 15-year-old game.
Serious Sam 2 Update 2.9.0 adds a brand-new weapon called the Beamgun, 12 previously-unreleased multiplayer maps, and the ability for Sam to dual-wield and sprint. A number of other fixes and changes have arrived, some of which are resolving bugs that have plagued players for years; you can read about all of the changes in the Serious Sam 2 Update 2.90 patch notes.
It's never been a better time to get into Serious Sam! You can buy Serious Sam 4 on Steam for just $23.99 or your regional equivalent as part of a franchise-wide sale, amounting to a 40% discount — but it might be better to pick up the entire franchise for less than the price of a new AAA release.
What do you think of the addition of Serious Sam 4 modding? Are you excited about Serious Sam 2 Update 2.90? Let us know in the comments below!