Whitelisting is Offworld Industries’ official thumbs up for a mod that we see shows creativity, ambition, curiosity, innovation, and accomplishment. We’re looking for modifications that stand out by promoting teamwork, innovation, skill development, or are just downright pushing the envelope in what it means to have fun playing Squad — mods that really take everyone to new places without forgetting their roots!
Mods that are a good candidate for whitelisting should be engaging, innovative, and offer more than the base Squad experience — no matter if they’re building on it or changing it entirely. Whether your focus is on perfecting the AK-47 line of weaponry or creating a new drone racing league, we want to see what your imagination can dream up for the community.
Once a mod has met our criteria for selection, we’ll ensure that the mod developer keeps it ready for you to enjoy.
Whitelisting applications will then go through a full-scale whitelist playtest event, which will ensure that they are fully ready to go, as well as being the right fight for the legion of squaddies out there.
A note before we begin: We’d like to be as transparent as possible, and so, as with all things Squad, the process may have some growing pains. The steps below may be subject to change. We are currently accepting applications for kickass mods, which can be entered here: Mod Whitelisting Application
Before submitting a modification, evaluate and update to meet any remaining whitelisting requirements. (See below.) Test your modification to ensure quality, performance, and stability. Once it’s proven itself worthy, be sure to record any necessary documentation and make it available. (e.g., Special requirements, information players need to know to succeed.)
Apply for Whitelisting using the Whitelisting Application Form. Be sure to provide all the necessary information and test results!
Whitelist applications are reviewed and prioritized based on quality, popularity, and content. Whitelist applicants may be mentioned and featured in the monthly Wrench updates. Just one more chance for you to shine!
Offworld Industries selects mod(s) for a testing event and begins evaluating the modification for whitelisting. There will also be a popular vote happening, which will allow the community to vote one additional mod to the whitelisting playtest event. (Provided it meets the whitelisting criteria.)
The Quality Assurance team schedules the whitelisting playtest event to be run will be run in the main server browser near the top. These are done periodically, depending on the available capacity and the number of applications.
Whitelisting playtests will be announced in the announcement box on the left of the main menu. Alternatively, if a mod is already doing regular full-scale custom server events, they can invite QA members over to one of them to evaluate it for whitelisting on a shorter term.
Based on the results of the playtest event, a mod will either be
If a modification is turned down, it can be re-tested at a later stage, but it will have to queue up back in line with the other applicants.
Before your mod can apply for whitelisting, you need to make sure that it’s ready to deploy!
You will need to ensure it performs well, that it is stable, and that it functions as intended. This criterion will require some preliminary playtesting that you will be responsible for organizing. On top of that, you’ll need to ensure that your documentation is up to date.
Below is the complete list of criteria that you will need to check off before applying for whitelisting.
We have a wiki article for assistance on Map Optimizations that is recommended reading.
By making the mod more visible and having players use their content, we hope that this whitelisting process will reward everyone that has spent a significant amount of time making a great mod. Our hope is also that the full-scale playtest events, the announcements in the news box, and the community voting events will generate some extra exposure and community excitement for your mods. Players should experience your work!