Support for Terraria mods has always depended on fan-made tools, but that's about to change... kind of. Official Terraria mod support is coming to the game in the near future, but it might not be the way you expect.
Terraria is a game that makes for an addictive mix of buildings and Metroidvania elements. It's been around for a good few years now and has constantly cranked out intriguing new content updates. The final big update for the game (titled "Journey's End") is on the way, and the devs have decided that now is the time to officially support Terraria mods.
This doesn't mean that they're making a special sort of modloader, mind. Instead, tModLoader will be coming to Steam as a free piece of DLC for the game. This will make it even easier for players to download mods so they have fun new ways to play the game.
The good news doesn't stop there, either! In addition to tModLoader coming as a free piece of DLC, Steam Workshop support is finally on the way. Once this is integrated into the game, it will be easier than ever for modders to distribute their creations (and for players to actually use them).
It's important to note that despite this nod from the dev team, Terraria has technically never had official mod support. It would be far too difficult of a task to accomplish with the way the game is coded, hence the reliance on an external program. As always, you should bear in mind that you could face file corruption or other issues when using mods!
When Are Terraria Mods Coming to Steam?
If you've had an itch to mod Terraria, you won't have to wait too long — the free tModLoader DLC will be making its way to Steam next month.
You'll be able to more easily play Terraria mods starting on May 18, 2020, when the tModLoader DLC officially drops. For now, you can add the tModLoader DLC to your wishlist on Steam.
And if you don't yet already own Terraria, you can buy it on Steam, the Humble Store, or DRM-free on GOG for $9.99 or your regional equivalent. The final "Journey's End" update arrives on May 16, 2020.
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