“Starfield Upscaler” is the second-most well-liked mod for Bethesda’s open-world RPG, however its creator sparked controversy earlier this month as a result of one of the best model of it was locked behind a $5 Patreon subscription paywall. In a new interview with IGN he defends the apply, and threatens customers who attempt to pirate his work with “hidden mines” that may break the mod.
Starfield launched with out assist for Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling know-how that lets gamers get higher framerate efficiency on PC with out sacrificing a lot picture high quality. There was an enormous backlash, and Bethesda has since promised so as to add official assist in an upcoming patch. Within the meantime, nonetheless, gamers have flocked to a mod for the function by NexusMods creator PureDark.
He launched a free model that supported DLSS 2, however entry to DLSS 3 assist, the most recent model, was unique to his private Patreon. Drama ensued and pirates who usually give attention to “cracking” the DRM defending video games like Starfield as a substitute took a second to “crack” the “Starfield Upscaler” mod itself.
“It’s humorous that individuals assume that is new, I’ve been offering it as a service for greater than 10 months, means earlier than Starfield,” PureDark told IGN. He makes DLSS assist mods for all types of video games, amassing what he calls a small Recreation Move-like library of mods value paying for. “I’ve been making new mods and maintaining mods up to date for months for my subscribers, is $5 an excessive amount of for such a service?”
Those that nonetheless insist on attempting to get PureDark’s DLSS 3 mod for Starfield at no cost higher be careful. “To any extent further I’ll place hidden mines in all my mods to make it more durable for these individuals,” he instructed IGN. “The cracked mods will generally work, generally fail, generally work however [be] very wonky, generally even crash they usually gained’t even know if it’s a bug or simply them utilizing the cracked model, and they’ll by no means have the assist I’ve been all the time offering to my subscribers.”