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Xbox Live game mods could be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

Microsoft could be looking to offer official game modding support through Xbox Live – at least going by a recent listing (opens in new tab) posted to its careers page. As reported Wccftech, Microsoft is in search of a "Senior Program Manager" under its Windows and Devices Group, with a focus on leading official mod integration through its gaming network.

Under the role, applicants would be expected to "drive support on Xbox Live for game mods," collaborating with big studios and delivering tools for developers to add modding to their games. With this, Microsoft hopes to foster communities of creators, while enforcing policies to prevent distributing offensive content. Here's a snippet of the listing, which details its plans for mods on Xbox Live.

Team Xbox is looking for you to drive support on Xbox Live for game mods. You will have a unique opportunity to shape and bring to market a new set of services, tools and experiences allowing game developers to easily integrate mods into their games, communities of passionate fans to create and share awesome and engaging content for the games they love, while keeping everyone on the network safe from abusive content.You will work both within Xbox and across organizations, collaborating with UX design teams, experience teams, and service engineering teams from Xbox, first party studios, Universal Store, CELA, Policy Enforcement, and more. You will be required to provide strong leadership, contribute to the overall vision, set clear requirements, scope each phase of market release, and drive for success for our creators and enjoyment by our consumers.

Could modding support be on its way to the Microsoft Store?

Could modding support be on its way to the Microsoft Store?

Microsoft is yet to announce plans for an Xbox Live modding solution, yet this job listing outlines exactly that. Although the post doesn't discuss specific platforms, this would be a natural expansion of its Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which hasn't been short of criticism in the past. While the closed nature of UWP is one of its main characteristics, technical issues and limitations have driven away the wider PC gaming community.

Alternatively, work could be underway to expand modding support on the Xbox One – an area of growing interest for some developers. Titles such as Fallout 4 (opens in new tab), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition (opens in new tab) and Farming Simulator 17 (opens in new tab) all offer their own modding solutions on Xbox One, though such programs are handled almost exclusively by the developers themselves.

For now, we'll have to wait for an official announcement from Microsoft. What do you think of modding support over Xbox Live? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

5 Comments
  • A better mod integration into AoE DE would be great. For custom scenarios you have to leave the game and download it manually. And mods are important for a gaming community. Halo Wars mods would be great too.
  • First require all future games to be developed as Play Anywhere UWP apps to standardize development, THEN start adding features. That's the only way the Microsoft Store will grow.
  • Require all game to use UWP without making it evolve, and your platform won't have any more games...
  • What knida evolve?
  • The Windows 10 (PC) Store edition of Cities: Skylines is a waste of time without proper support for modding (à la the Steam version).  This can't come soon enough.