The Creative Assembly has released a suite of tools for modders looking to modify the Shogun 2 line. The Total War: Shogun 2 Assembly Kit includes an updated Battle Map Editor (TEd) with Steam Workshop integration and ability to create scripted single-player historical battles, as well as a built-in Mod Manager, Database Visual Editor, data-processing tool, and more. The kit, detailed below, is compatible with the original game as well as all add-ons and expansions.
To celebrate the launch of the Assembly Kit, Sega and Steam are running a Total War Weekend from Thursday (27) to Sunday (30). Everything from Rome to Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai will be discounted.
Just like TEd, the Assembly Kit is completely free and available to download now from the Tools section of the Steam client. It comprises a range of powerful utilities:
• TWeak is a software framework that contains two key plugins for Total War modding:
- DaVE, The Database Visual Editor tool, enables modders to edit any database values in the game, including those which dictate campaign map start positions, game logic, unit values and much more.
- The Unit Editor tool enables modders to alter the look and feel of existing units and create new ones, with custom skins, armour, helmets etc.
- BOB is a data-processing tool, which enables modders to process models, animations, textures and many other assets into a game-usable form.
- The Mod Manager enables modders to upload their mods to Steam Workshop.
• Preloaded with example data, comprising buildings, units, maps and more, along with a number of 3D Studio Max plugins and scripts to help modders create custom models.