Hello builders and welcome to this third episode of our Modding Mondays series!
Today we have the pleasure of showing off the very fresh Day – Night Cycle mod from Minotorious.
If you’ve been hanging around on our Discord, you know just how involved Minotorious is in the community. With more than 10 mods under his belt, we felt like it was time to share one of his own creations here.
Adding even more immersion to Foundation
The Day – Night Cycle mod adds a new and immersive gameplay feature to Foundation. By using a sundial (see below), you’re able to adjust various settings:
- Turn the sun on or off
- Set the camera shader
- Set the shadow direction (default: 12 o’clock direction)
- Set whether you want dynamic simulation or not
- Set the dynamic simulation’s speed
The sundial needs to be built like any other building in Foundation. Keep in mind that in order to use the Day – Night cycle mod, you’ll need to install the Foundation Extended Building Functions dependency, also from Minotorious.
If you’d rather not toy with all these settings, you can instead install the automatic version which does the same thing only, well, without your input!
As is often the case with original creations, the Day – Night Cycle mod happened a bit randomly:
The Day – Night Cycle mod was more of a happy accident than something actually planned. I was checking what objects I could access inside the game that the developers had not exposed to modding yet when at some point I came across the game’s Sun. From that point on I made a little plan on how to implement the Day – Night Cycle and got to work. A few workarounds and 1-2 days later the mod and the little sundial controller started taking shape.-Minotorious
Empowering modders since day one
From the beginning, we’ve believed in community-driven content for Foundation. In fact, it’s a must for this type of game, as it adds a ton of creativity and replay value. As we’ve said in the past, we want our players to be able to let their creativity free and for them to have a platform with which they can share that creativity with the world. All of that begins with mod support.
That being said, we took the opportunity to ask Minotorious how his experience been like creating mods with Foundation.
With one word, amazing! Foundation is so simple to mod but also has so much depth if someone wishes to create something very new and very custom in it. Polymorph Games and especially Léo and Maxime are always eager to answer questions and help modders bring their projects to life. To be honest, the Day – Night Cycle mod is a prime example of the dev team listening to the modding community and implementing features we asked for. Without them implementing some methods related to attach nodes so quickly the Day – Night Controller wouldn’t have been possible at all!-Minotorious
Aspiring modders are welcome to join our community at any given time. We have channels dedicated to mod development where members share tips and tricks along the way. Take a look, it’s worth it!