“It doesn’t surprise me, but I’m still pretty upset” – MultiVersus modders lose momentum after DMCA strikes – VG247

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The MultiVersus hype is still strong, moved on from its rapturous release a few weeks ago. The game has a lot to offer fans of the ridiculous collection of IP under the Warner Bros umbrella, and with news from more characters on the horizon, it looks like they have more to look forward to. Even then, for a significant portion of the player base, the game is ripe for more. These creative people, artists and teachers make up the MultiVersus Modding community.

However, the future of this community and all the momentum it gained due to a mix of the popularity of the platform fighter and the appeal of what they created is uncertain. This is due to a rise in copyright strikes on published video content with mods, the main avenue creatives use to show their modded works.

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One such mud, which passes The Duelist online, started making mods around four years ago, where they made skins for Monster Hunter World, then moved on to Guilty Gear: Strive and Final Fantasy 14 after cutting their teeth. They first got into MultiVersus after receiving a code for the pre-launch alpha test, and began their modding projects for the title after encountering others on modding website Gamebanana.

“I’d say the community is getting pretty popular,” J states about Twitter DMs. “The Discord server for MultiVersus modding is already over 1000 members and growing and the server has only been around for a few weeks now. Plus, it helps that some of the bigger names from the Guilty Gear Strive scene like UltiMa647 and Aeryn are also now in. Community is quite friendly, although a lot of meme-y stuff comes up again.

They, like many others, threw their hat into the MultiVersus modding ring with an early Lebron James skin, a throwback to a old joke where people were tearing the heads of Lebron action figures for the Space Jam movie.

“As far as I can tell, people have been very positive about it – I haven’t seen anyone say anything wrong about it. Not to mention the first few days, my phone’s notifications were going crazy with how many people were ‘liking’ the tweet for the mod, or retweeting it.

It also goes beyond hobbyists: some with their own channels dedicated to creating mods for video games also dove into MultiVersus. Enter SpiritA modder with over two years of experience creating game projects, starting with Smash Ultimate before moving on to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Mario Party Superstars, Pokemon, and more.

“Oh, I definitely went in knowing that I wanted to make it!,” she explained. “I always try to mod a game I enjoy, and seeing as this game was built with Unreal Engine 4, I knew modding would be easy to set up! When Lebron was announced, I knew I had to drop everything and mod the game for sure.

As for why the scene is popping up so quickly, Ghost gave us her thoughts on the rise of fan-made works. “Multiversus is new, free, has a lot of players (the most for a fighting game on steam from what I’ve heard), it’s easy to mod, everything adds up to help get attention for mods. Unfortunately, this also means that a lot of low quality mods are/will be made, but it doesn’t stop you from getting really good mods. Fortunately, Gamebanana, which is the current main website where we upload MultiVersus mods, has great options for sorting things so people can see the most downloaded/best mods and remove the lower quality ones.

However, bring in the recent concerns with DMCA strikes, and this positive outlook on creating mods for the game goes out the window. Game Director Tony Huynh confirmed that streaming with a modded client can result in strikes, which has thrown the whole scene into turmoil. For now, the moderators in the MultiVersus modding discord have recommended against streaming or uploading videos of yourself playing with mods.

Shaggy from MultiVersus uses a special defensive move while Sonic, Daffy and Kratos stand in front.
There are already quite a lot of mods for Multiversus.

“It doesn’t surprise me, but I’m still quite upset that WB is doing this. I’ll still make mods, but I’m definitely not working on videos of them,” Ghost states. “Obviously they know people love skins, so being able to make our own is really fun. With games like Smash, people like to make videos or streams with mods, to help them stand out. Some skins that are completely new characters also help people play as characters that are not in the game, and probably will never enter.

“It’s pretty much an unspoken rule with ANY game that has modding, but people don’t mod into paid content. Games like League of Legends have mods, and as long as the skin isn’t a paid skin put over a standard skin, there are no problems. League has been going for years with mods and players still buy their awesome skins. Videos on YouTube and streams on twitch for Smash and League with custom skins never hurt anyone. So WB (or whoever’ t there is taking down this mod content) to stop people from being creative really stinks.

So we are in this dark, uncertain future when it comes to MultiVersus modding. While Tony Huynh has indicated his intention to speak with the team that manages DMCA takedowns, we have yet to hear about any changes coming to the process. While sites like Gamebanana continue to host MultiVersus mods, and people still make mods for the title, the breaks have absolutely been hit. Whether this will change for the better or worse remains to be seen.

For more MultiVersus content, check out our articles on MultiVersus hitboxes are getting a major reworkas well as us MultiVersus tier list!

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