I’ve tried quite a few and not a single one has any stability. The best I found were a few 9X tech mods. I did forget to include that in the original post. Thank you for reminding me.
Mods don’t work as well as something that is designed by the original developers. They don’t have access to the full source code, the internal testing, and if nothing else they don’t have the same tools that the developers get. And while I understand that a mod of this could exist that is as stable, it’s one patch away from instability. Especially in a game that gets frequent enough updates like this, it’s really important to have official support.
That being said, even assuming a mod did exist that was stable enough for play, it doesn’t change the fact that there is an official, built in version in the game by default. It’s simply locked away for no real reason. If they didn’t have an official version, I wouldn’t be able to (and frankly shouldn’t/wouldn’t want to) have this complaint.
There is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed more than the individual problem. Don’t get me wrong, if they ran the event again, I would not complain at all because I’d get what I wanted. Having a timed exclusive that is anything but cosmetic is dangerous at best, ethical bankrupt at worst, and scummy most of the time. Simply, there is a part of a game I have purchased that I am not allowed to play because the developers don’t allow me to. They have made the conscious decision to prevent me from playing a section of the game I own.
Imagine if Age of Empires 4 had a skirmish mode available only if you preordered the game. You can’t buy the preorder bonus after, it’s just a matter of you preordered it or didn’t. It didn’t cost any extra money, but you had to preorder. There’s a vague suggestion that there’ll be a chance to get it somewhere in the future, but after a year, nothing has come from it.
That is functionally identical to what has happened here. That, honestly, is what I have a problem with at its core. That there is something I deem a big part of the game (I have no real interest in playing the vanilla game) that I just can’t use because I didn’t buy the game early enough. And it’s not like I missed a timed event that went away after the event expired. It is essentially a DLC that could only be downloaded during a select time.
I just… I just don’t get it and it honestly makes me more sad than upset at this point. I saw the Spirit of the Law video that showcased this and I was so excited to give it a try and I might not ever get the chance to. I’ve tried so many different mods and I have yet to be able to finish a game because so many things crash it. I went through 6 different 256X mods just trying to get one that lets me launch the game and another 3 that crashed during the games. I know in the grand scheme of things, this is honestly not a big deal. But I also know in the grand scheme of things, No Man’s Sky honestly turned out amazing. Doesn’t mean the beginning was ok.