According to a Reddit post from u/Pycorax, the current build of Windows has a new folder called “ModdableWindowsApps” which can be found in the Program Files folder.

Pycorax says that all signs essentially point to Microsoft being on the path to implement official modding support to Windows Store games.

The description of the folder, according to the official Microsoft website, says the following:

Specifies a folder under the %ProgramFiles%\ModifiableWindowsApps path where the contents of your desktop application’s install folder are projected so that users can modify the installation files (for example, to install mods). This element is currently intended to be used only by certain types desktop of PC games that are published by Microsoft and our partners.

Pycorax also points out how, on the same site, there’s a config element “that allows certified devs to specify a folder with the same behaviour outside of the “ModifiableWindowsApps” folder.”

The config element is described as the following:

Enables your desktop application to specify one or more folders where users can modify the installation files for your application (for example, to install mods). This element is currently intended to be used only by certain types of desktop PC games that are published by Microsoft and our partners.

As u/Black3ird points out, this doesn’t mean that every single game on Microsoft Store, available via Xbox Game Pass on PC, would be moddable.

Instead, like most other PC gaming platforms, Microsoft is just implementing a mechanism for devs and publishers to utilise. It’d be ultimately up to the dev and publisher to decide whether their games would be moddable or not.

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