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After 2 years of stealth development, the team behind ModDB are proud to introduce Desura, our digital distribution service for games and mods.

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In case you have been wondering why updates from ModDB staff have been a little slow lately, it is because the team has been busy working on a secret project codenamed Desura. While Desura is far from complete and far from perfect, it is time to stop working in silence and to start inviting select teams and members to the private beta we are launching today.

Desura (like Steam, D2D, Impulse, GamersGate etc) is a digital distribution service for PC gamers. Unlike these platforms however which are just shops with little to no interaction between the community and the content available, we aim to bring the power and openess of ModDB to digital distribution. We hope to achieve this in three ways:

Developer driven

We don't make games ourselves, so we are entirely focused on helping game developers and publishers show off their wares. All tools and functionality provided by Desura to game developers, are provided to empower them to create a better game, and share its features in all their glory with the Desura community. Developers control the flow of news, images, videos and content through their profiles - we don't put up walls and barriers.

Developer functionality

Community run

Every member of the Desura community can post comments, submit reviews and upload screenshots. We are not some mysterious editor in an ivory tower controlling content - it's anybody who can put pen to paper. Our screenshots aren't limited to some airbrushed press releases - they're taken by the gamers who want to make themselves heard.

Community

User made content

There are plenty of great free mods and user made addons out there for games, which few know about and even fewer can install. Being able to customize your games is at the heart of everything Desura does, and we aim to make user made content as accessible as possible. From simple maps through to entire conversions and even whole new games, we hope to put what you want to play at your fingertips.

Mods & DLC

If you would like an invitation to the private beta, please post a comment here. Mod and indie game teams, if you would like to release or sell your game using Desura please contact us to discuss. We hope this is the first step to creating a platform which gives all developers on ModDB the opportunity to release their content to millions of gamers. We have worked damn hard and though a ton of work remains to be done, we hope you are as excited as us by this news. As always, please post your questions and I will endeavor to answer them, as I am sure you have many.

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bluefire40
bluefire40

This looks interesting, I would love to test this out. Mind sending me an invitation?

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

Epic !!!.

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Squeebo
Squeebo

Could I get an invitation? Looks pretty cool. Although I'm not sure I'm looking forward to running both steam AND Desura in the background. We'll see.

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ninjadave
ninjadave

I'll check it out.

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Metalspy
Metalspy

Wow great news.. Can't wait to give this a try so an invitation to the private beta would be much appreciated! ^^ Haha.

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niks1991911
niks1991911

i think for making the download of mods easyer and making a community . it definitly will make a chance. if it is to sell games. you will never pass steam (70% of all sells are made at steam).

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MatthewD
MatthewD

It could over time. A lot of AAA devs don't really like steam as their competitor has access to all of their sales info. With the right deals, mods, and leniency for Steam users it could surpass steam.

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niks1991911
niks1991911

it might, but will be insane hard, i think desura should stay on mods and community there he will have a verry high chance of making it. the games a lot of luck requested, and 70% is not few btw especially because a lot of ppl already started with steam like me. seems to get somewhere and idd like to have an invitation for the beta

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Asskicker
Asskicker

Sounds like an amazing Idea! Can't wait to see this fully functional! :)

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Joe_Shmoe
Joe_Shmoe

I never liked steam anyhow... lets hope its beter than steam lol

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Dremth
Dremth

I can has beta?

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Sounds good, but if it's a Store like Steam, wouldn't that mean that if I buy games of off Desura, I wouldn't have it on Steam and I'd need to run both to be able to keep in touch with my friends list right?

That could also mean the Steam ingame overlay can't be used and I'd have to Alt-Tab out to talk to friends, rather inconvenient.

Have you thought about these things?
Having tried Battlefield Heroes once I know steam can have it's overlay work at a lot of situations, so if you worked together with Steam would that mean you could get the Overlay to work while running games through Desura? If so awesome :)

Great to see you supporting development like usual!

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archkyrie
archkyrie

i'd love to check that out.

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cW#Ravenblood

1. AWESOME
2nd: I want to be in the Beta ;D

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AlexanderSig
AlexanderSig

NICE, can't wait, I'd love to be in the beta and I'd use this everyday :P

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Traslogan
Traslogan

I'm looking forward to desura, it seems extremely promising. It will help to be able to only see the big/popular mods on the site, instead of 'fishing' round for the mod we want.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

If it would have a Linux client I'd gladly offer to test it. As for the windows client there are for sure enough people around already which are of better help testing it. If it is a good idea or not I don't know yet. As somebody mentioned "yet another?" but on the other hand removing the editor (s)election of content is a nice thing. Time will tell how this fares.

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8472

Oh and, I'd like to try it out too, if you don't mind. :D

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evan0605
evan0605

awesome, is it only for PC games and mods or can iphone developers post/sell their game apps? and I would love to try it out. thx

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myles
myles

You can only use iTunes to sell apps (legally)

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Torabi
Torabi

Holy moly! This is amazing news. This is a great day for modding! Cheers! Is it possible to get an invite yet or is it just for game developers and such?

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myles
myles

Will this be linked in to ModDB in any way? It would make sense to move over commercial indie games to Desura, and for mods it would be a pain to have to update both the ModDB profile and the Desura profile,

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INtense! Author
INtense!

It is all linked, however all content on Desura is filtered, so only news, articles, mods, games etc published and chosen by the editors will be displayed. The site is a little blank at the moment because of this.

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord

Didn't you say it's not about some editors (s)electing content but about the community?

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altercuca
altercuca

awesome!!! something needed. thou steam is great, i like a mod dedicated app :)!!!

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Pyroninja41
Pyroninja41

Hot damn, that looks awesome. I would like in on the beta, please.

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floor-pie
floor-pie

Very Interesting.
I would like an invite please.

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ac3249
ac3249

That sounds awesome. Sign me up for that!

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dudethisismyname
dudethisismyname

This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it :D

Could I have an invite please?

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thelinx
thelinx

Looking forward to a Linux client.

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Ghost_face
Ghost_face

Great news, and I have been looking forward to something like this.
I would definitly put Nosferatu on there at some point, but a linux version is a must have requirement, mac would be nice too (I don't use or like mac, however I hate alienating users because of their OS).

I am sure (or at least I hope) a Linux and Mac Version will follow up at some point :)

Some people asked about achievements/trophies - is this planned further down the road ?

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Metal_Warrior5/10
Metal_Warrior5/10

When is out?

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Private beta for the moment, it will go public once all major bugs are squashed (which might take weeks, might takes months)

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Cheapo713
Cheapo713

Beautiful... >:)

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BeloLegume
BeloLegume

I'd like to have an invite, good sir.

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Eegah
Eegah

I'm interested to see how many neat Indie projects this attracts, some of them have so little press you have to find them by word of mouth basically.

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Murdouken
Murdouken

I would absolutely kill for a beta invite.
I mean, I would actually kill someone. That's how much I want this invite.

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TheBorz
TheBorz

Thats great news!
Can't wait :D

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sinoth
sinoth

Can't wait to see this in action. Would love an invite :)

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Xendrid
Xendrid

This sounds really cool and promising. I want in!

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havepie
havepie

I'd love an invite, I remember another service that tried this, I think it was called myst? well, it looks great, I'd love to try it out.

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Ennui
Ennui

I'd love an invite. In the next month or two I'll also get in touch with you guys about distributing the next HL2: Wars release through this platform (although perhaps not if we manage to get our hands on Steamworks).

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salejemaster
salejemaster

This sound very interesting, I'd love to check it out if you are still giving away some invites :)

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etoothy
etoothy

This looks amazing and I gotta hand it to you guys, it looks like you guys really know what you're doing!
Question though, excuse me if it has been answered already, how would Desura interact with mod-able games on other digitally distributed programs? Will they be able to interact somehow?

Here's a scenario. I want to play Nazi Dino Mod on Half Life, so I would run Desura, and would the mod run and install automatically? Would it detect the game already?
Would Desura have something related to steam as alt-tab ingame chatting?

I'm excited for this, and I hope it works out really great! Also, please do send a invite over here!!

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INtense! Author
INtense!

Desura will work with games you already own, so you are not necessarily locked in.

Also in your example desura will launch steam to play dino d-day, since that is how Steam works. So steam's text interface would be available.

We plan on making API's available which make functionality like this possible.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital

Wow Moddb.... WOW!!

First big question: is this going to replace the phenomenal moddb.com website that I have loved since I first laid eyes on it? Seriously moddb.com has saved me so much time and effort by allowing me to track all these great mods and concepts. I'll admit that sometimes I am tracking too much but I'd rather have it all in one spot than have to go all over to find it. So is this replacing moddb.com? From some of the comments, it seems that moddb.com will still show all the WIP while the Desura will show all released content?!

God auto updating mods would make me so happy. I loved when Steam starting hosting mods with updates but they just don't have enough of the good ones. I'll admit that I probably won't stop using Steam for commercial games but I play mods around 40% of the time so Desura looks great.

Please send me an invite as I would love to check out everything it has to offer. Especially if it has better integration of groups with events etc (see below)

On a related note:
I just posted a comment on the Modding Social Club group's last post. That group sounded great but never went anywhere. I was wondering if we can setup groups and do events and other things like that with this. I would love to play some of the older great mods that don't have the userbase. If we setup mod events, everyone in the group would know that people are playing a certain mod on a certain day/time and can join. It would be so great!

"Moddb.... we don't build walls or barriers... we knock that sh#t down"

Seriously love you guys right now :)

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INtense! Author
INtense!

ModDB is here to stay, I see ModDB as the development site which showcases all content (like it currently does), while Desura features the released content.

That way we can continue to serve the development community and also provide a way for them to reach the masses once their project is complete.

As for groups / events, community is a big focus of ours so these features are on the cards. Desura already has a number of community driven features that moddb doesn't (i.e. blog browsing / showcasing). However we have a TODO list as long as my arm so unfortunately it will be a few months minimum before we can do things like this. It's planned, but please be patient with us as it will be a while!

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mooswah
mooswah

Looking forward to seeing it. Would love to be part of the beta.

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striker121
striker121

I would love an invite. It would be nice to keep track of all those mods I want, perhaps more so even than MODDB itself. Also ducksauce, alot of the smaller indie games that likely WILL be on Desura, won't be on steam. I mean they take indie games, but mostly the larger ones.

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Madawg
Madawg

Nice. I sure would like an invitation...

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