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  SITREP #00049 Official    

On Tuesday 25th March 2014, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00049 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Campaign completed, Zeus development wrap
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

There were lots of releases last week: the conclusion to our campaign, CAS jets, new Altis locations (which in many other games could be considered a new 'level' by themselves), Terrain Builder and more. Get all the Intel from the SPOTREP and TECHREP. And because you can never have too many REPs, encoder Martin Gregor has posted an OPREP about fixed-wing configuration. He discusses what went into taking the static 3D models, and adding functionality to them. Encoders tackle the configuration and tweaking of weapons systems, flight models, cockpit instruments and component animations to name a few things. There are also some differentiating characteristics between both CAS jets. Finally, he mentions further tweaks (to the flight models), which are already coming up.

Arma 3 Zeus principal development has wrapped meanwhile. The last feature (for now) to be added was a Close Air Support module. Using it you can quickly summon gun runs and / or rocket strikes. The Zeus developers are now focusing on fixes and tweaks until it gets released. Zeus content will go on data lock soon, so we're in the final stages and very keen to get it into everyone's game.

INTELLIGENCE

The Make Arma Not War contest newsletter for March was just sent out. It mentions when submissions and registrations are likely to be opened. As previously revealed, this is related to our team's work on add-on support for the Steam Workshop. We're close to having the full arch implemented internally, meaning publication of an add-on and downloading it on the other end. Another topic in the newsletter covers voting and otherwise supporting contest entries.

There is a known issue related to Object Builder and connecting the Buldozer viewer. Running OB directly from Steam may prevent connection to this viewer. By using a custom shortcut or launching the executable directly, things should work.

Terrain Builder suffers another known issue. The tool cannot handle newly binarized data (version 59 is used in Arma 3). This means binarized A3 data cannot now be used, but new source data or licensed source data can. We're looking at a solution. Also, TB was released 'as is' and how we use it internally (which is source data, not binarized data). The next step is doing some feasible improvements and fixes.

OPERATIONS

Tweaking of UAVs continues as Borivoj Hlava reports: "there was a request from players about the possibility to create markers directly in the UAV Terminal. When we looked into this request, it seemed reasonable to make the controls of the UAV Terminal similar to the controls of the Map. So now you can create markers by double-clicking the Left Mouse Button, single waypoints by Shift + Left Mouse and multiple waypoints by Ctrl + Left Mouse." This change should be in devbranch tomorrow.

Just ahead of the 1.14 release, members of the community discovered issues (via devbranch) with the static object ID technology we intended to roll out. In short, the technology works in our tools and engine generally, but does not work for script commands using these IDs. Our team does not use such script commands, so these issues were unfortunately missed. A number of community mods and modes do however rely on them. We decided it would be better to revert the technology until an improved - but also more complex - solution is found. That means the current 1.14 game version, as well as Terrain Builder do not use static object IDs.

LOGISTICS

The 1.14 update initially introduced a multiplayer server crash that was swiftly hotfixed the next day. We can imagine the frustration this generates with those trying to get their daily fix of Arma 3. Having to hotfix is not something we're happy about ourselves either, and we are trying several methods to prevent them. This ranges from more elaborate automatic testing, to a way of public validation of release candidates (also allowing mods to prepare their mod ahead of release). It's not straight forward. Often the issues are not found on devbranch due to subtle differences to the main game. Or they are revealed in user-generated content. By that we mean such content is using the engine and scripting functionality in ways we do not focus on internally, not that the content is necessarily made in a less-than-ideal way. Another recent MP crash was actually caused by updates to the Steam back-end (Workshop) beyond our control. Long story short, we'll try to do better.


  March 25th, 2014 - 18:07 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  OPREP: Fixed-Wing Configuration Official    

An OPREP: Fixed-Wing Configuration has been reported by by Martin Gregor on Friday 21st March 2014.

UNIT: Martin Gregor, Encoder, Encoding Dept.
TO: Arma 3 Dev-Branch Users
OPSUM: Expanding the Sandbox: introducing CAS planes to Arma 3.

EVALUATION

Recently, Arma 3 received two new fixed-wing aircraft: the A-164 'Wipeout' and the To-199 'Neophron'. In this OPREP we'll take a look at these new assets, discuss their role, details and differences but also outline what's new for planes in general - improvements that benefit our own vehicles as well as future community creations!



Both of these single-seat aircraft perform Close Air Support (CAS) roles for their respective factions - the A-164 for NATO and To-199 for CSAT - meaning that they're armed with a wide array of weapons to neutralize most ground targets: air-to-surface tactical missiles against heavy armor, high explosive and armor piercing rockets to deal with infantry and vehicles, laser-guided bombs for static targets and 30mm cannons for wreaking havoc all-round. While they're not meant for dealing with airborne threats, they do carry a few AA missiles for self-defence.



DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES

While they perform the same role, the new planes are not just a mirror image of one another with a different model. The A-164 has larger armament and lower stall speed than its CSAT counterpart, whereas the To-199 is lighter and significantly faster. Both planes can take off and land from most Altis airstrips (though you may have a hard time on the shortest ones).

Concerning the exteriors, the A-164 uses decelerons (a combination of ailerons and airbrakes into a single control surface), while the To-199 has an airbrake on top of its fuselage and two sets of air intakes for its engines: frontal for normal flight and on top, which it switches to during low level flight (takeoff or landing).



DEVIL'S IN THE DETAIL

The differences are not limited to gameplay aspects only; we wanted both planes to have unique visual features. In the cockpit you can notice that each HUD has its own style, with differences in colour, font and graphical representation of scales for altitude and heading. In another modest refinement, the status of weapons can now be easily reviewed on cockpit displays. They show ammo depletion for each weapon and indicate which weapon is currently selected.

Naturally, the planes feature animated retractable gear and standard control surfaces (rudders, elevators and ailerons) as you would expect from previous Arma instalments. There are working landing lights on the gear as well as position and collision lights all around the planes. Some time back we broadened the options for the configuration of blinking lights. Where before we had simultaneous lights with a one second period, now the game enables any patterns you want, and collision lights on the planes make use of this.

TAKE FLIGHT

The flight model has also experienced some refinement, too. Besides the sensitivity of control surfaces, it's now possible to tinker with forces that pull the plane towards its direction of orientation, with torques that try to line up nose of the plane towards the direction it's travelling in and finally with engine thrust that can be configured as dependence on speed, similarly how lift force is. These changes don't make Arma 3 a true 'flight simulator', but they do allow us to create more diversity in what each plane is like to fly.

In a near-future update, you should see controls of all the lights displayed on the pilot's HUD. We're also looking into adding even more parameters to the flight model to improve the behaviour of planes with consideration to your feedback. For now, we hope you will enjoy changing the tide of your battles with these new strong support assets and that they were worth the wait.


  March 21st, 2014 - 17:25 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Bohemia Interactive completes Arma 3's episodic campaign Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us about Arma 3 "Win" campaign third episode release.

Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday 20th March 2014

Supported by a brand new trailer, Bohemia Interactive today released the third and final episode for the Arma 3’s campaign. The episode, titled ‘Win’, brings a conclusion to the story of infantry man Ben Kerry – a soldier who finds himself caught in the middle of a Mediterranean flashpoint.

Arma 3's 'The East Wind' campaign consists of three episodes. The first episode - Survive - introduces players to soldier Ben Kerry, who has been stationed in the Republic of Altis & Stratis as part of a NATO peacekeeping operation. After a staged drawdown from the region fails, players have to fight for survival against a better equipped and more powerful enemy. The second episode - Adapt - picks up where the first episode ended, and follows Kerry as he links up with a group of guerrilla fighters, aiming to cripple AAF and CSAT forces. The campaign's final act - Win - continues as the situation escalates even further, and players must deploy all the skills and experience they've gathered to bring the flashpoint to a resolution.



Together with the latest campaign episode, Bohemia Interactive also deployed an expansion of Arma 3's sandbox content. Two new aircraft, the A-164 Wipeout and To-199 Neophron, deliver a whole range of tactical options to the NATO and CSAT factions. Moreover, the A-164 CAS jet, which is a successor to the legendary A-10, is also introduced via the brand new ‘Fixed-Wings’ showcase scenario. Another addition is the Tempest transport truck, which comes in multiple variants: cargo, refuel, medical, repair, and ammo re-supply. Last but not least, new points of interest have been added to the massive 270 km² Altis terrain, with the most notable locations being the athletics stadium and ghost hotel compound.

After downloading today's automatic update on Steam, people will be able to play the full Arma 3 singleplayer campaign. The exact changelog for the 'Win' update can be found here. Those who have not yet enlisted, can purchase the regular edition of Arma 3 (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) or the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (49.99 EUR/42.99 GBP/64.99 USD) from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. A boxed version of the game is also available at many of the major retailers.


  March 20th, 2014 - 17:47 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00048 Official    

On Tuesday 18th March 2014, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00048 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: 'Win' release, Terrain Builder, Object IDs
PRECEDENCE: Flash
SITUATION

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: 'Win' release, Terrain Builder, Object IDs
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

Thursday is the day we will finally deliver the complete "The East Wind" campaign. We made the commitment to bring you three episodes, and we're glad to now make good on that. Combined, we think the episodes produce for a worthy singleplayer experience. Don't forget to explore beyond the primary objectives. There are side objectives that expand on the goings-on, e.g. when patrolling away from your camps.

And there's lots more in the "Win" update:

    To-199 Neophron CSAT CAS jet
    A-164 Wipeout NATO CAS jet
    Tempest CSAT heavy truck with variants(transport, fuel, repair, ammo, etc.)
    Altis Points Of Interest: Ghost Hotel compound and Stadium
    13 new music tracks in the Soundtrack Bonus folder for (Digital) Deluxe Edition owners

We hope you'll enjoy experimenting with the sandbox content and playing through the full campaign! Our team is now turning its gaze back onto Arma 3 Zeus, prepping it for release in the coming weeks.

INTELLIGENCE

Terrain modders will be glad to hear we can finally release our terrain tool, which we've renamed Terrain Builder (formerly Visitor). This is the version we use internally for the most part. As it's not yet fully tested outside of our office environment, there may be issues with this initial release. It should however be a big step forward for creating custom terrains.

One significant change this version of TB brings with it is the introduction of static object IDs. Until now these IDs would often get regenerated when we updated Stratis and Altis. With this change, any placed object should retain its ID forever. We would still recommend not relying on these IDs in your scenarios or scripts, but realize some advanced applications cannot be handled differently. The environments included with the 1.14 update are using this technology already.

At the same time, we're renaming Oxygen to Object Builder, making the Arma 3 Tools suite more consistent. One more addition, based on popular demand, is the P-drive. This simple batch file should create a virtual drive with all necessary components for Buldozer viewer in Object Builder. Later we would like to make setting up the viewer more straightforward.

Achievement Unlocked! Yes, we've added 5 Steam Achievements to Arma 3. They are all campaign-related and basically give you bragging rights for completing the episodes. Don't worry about us adding a lot of typical shooter achievements. We don't think many of these fit the style of Arma (e.g. Kill 50 enemies using headshots!). There are other types of achievements which we do believe can work, such as those rewarding the use of the editor and Steam Workshop. We are also taking into account the results of a survey we ran about achievements and other online services a long time ago.

OPERATIONS

There are many more changes to Altis than the new keypoint locations! There is a set of new objects to enrich the immersion, as well as lots of fixed Feedback Tracker issues. Environment Lead Martin Pezlar gives us the run-down in a new OPREP.

LOGISTICS

Designer Karel Morický and programmer Filip Sádovský continue to wrap up their work on the initial Zeus release. Recently, they have changed the (mouse) control scheme to follow the industry standard for Real-Time Strategy. This was also needed to allow for context-sensitive waypoint placement on objects for example. Some of the controls can be mapped in the options, and you may need to reset or remap them if you've tried Zeus previously. Their most-recent work is less visible: it was time to prepare the content for translation.


  March 18th, 2014 - 17:18 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  OPREP: ALTIS UPDATES Official    

On Monday 17th March 2014 , Martin Pezlar has reported an ALTIS UPDATES on the official Arma 3 web site. This OPREP has been released for Arma 3 Dev-Branch Users but seems to apply to the upcoming newly improved Altis terrain along with the final campaign episode.


UNIT: Martin Pezlar, Environment Lead, Environment Design Dept.
TO: Arma 3 Dev-Branch Users
OPSUM: Environmental enhancements: locations, details & updates.

EVALUATION


We're excited to finally present our newly improved Altis terrain. As we mentioned previously, this update includes two significant location additions alongside a variety of other modest improvements. Although we've only increased the total number of objects by 0.5% - bringing the total count to 1779883 - we feel that these additions make a real difference, offering new gameplay opportunities and adding new diversity to urban areas.

These are no crazy last-minute additions to the existing terrain; rather, they were part of our wish-list from quite early on. However, with development time running short ahead of Arma 3's launch, we faced a question of priorities. In the end, we decided not to include these locations and, rather, update them later in proper quality. Now they're out in the wild, we hope that when you see them for yourself, you'll agree it was worth the wait!




KEYPOINTS

The big locations - 'Ghost Hotel' and 'Stadium' - are great new points of interest. In other more linear shooter games, areas of such scale could themselves be stand-alone maps. Here in Arma 3, though, it's just another tasty piece of an already rich Altis pie. These unique areas offer up new possibilities for single and multiplayer scenarios. Off the top of my head, you might fortify the Stadium and create some kind of siege mission. Want to be more playful and fool around? No problem: organize a multiplayer athletics event!

The Ghost Hotel is a different cup of tea. It's quite a large and atmospheric location, featuring several unique structures. There's the main hotel building - a multi-storey structure that's ideal for multiplayer CQC - nestled alongside swimming pools and apartments. The whole compound has been deserted for several years, so the overall look and feel is quite creepy; the place has a distinctive atmosphere, particularly at night. We're looking forward to seeing what scenarios you come up with.



DETAILS

Aside from these new locations there are plenty of authentic extras to be found all across Altis. We've added kiosks, ATMs, phone booths, playgrounds and other details to streets, beaches and ports. These improve the overall visual impression and offer up more gameplay options for custom scenarios and existing mods. These new objects can also be placed via the in-game editor. Besides these additions, another 80 signposts were added to crossroads all over the Altis to improve navigation, and some flat, boring fields in the eastern part of Altis were improved by terrain sculpting and vegetation tweaking.

Stratis and Altis also use a newly introduced static ID technology. This should guarantee that the IDs of objects placed in a terrain's WRP will remain the same no matter what we add/remove/patch in the source map project. In other words, for scenarios that use specific IDs, this should be the last time a massive change of IDs will occur.



QUALITY

The new version of Altis also includes a batch of fixes that were previously reported in the Feedback Tracker by you, the Arma 3 community. Thank you very much for each one of them! However - although we've tried our best to avoid major disruption - please keep in mind that newly placed objects may affect your existing scenarios. We advise you to check your scenarios after the map update to ensure their functionality and, if necessary, to reposition your mission around newly placed entities.

Although we've increased the complexity of certain locations, our testing indicates that there's no noticeable stability or performance impact associated with the new additions. However, in case you encounter any map-related problems (e.g. floating/misplaced map objects) feel free to report it on our feedback tracker, using the category 'Visual-Environment'. We hope that you enjoy the enhanced version of our terrain as much as we do. See you all on Altis!


  March 17th, 2014 - 18:06 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Final campaign episode ‘Win’ unleashed on March 20 Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us about the Arma 3’s final campaign episode ‘Win’ release on March 20‏.

Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday 11th March 2014

Bohemia Interactive has set a release date for the third and final campaign episode of their tactical military shooter and combined arms game, Arma 3™. Available on Thursday March 20th, players will be able to conclude the story of infantryman Ben Kerry - a soldier who’s been stationed in the Republic of Altis & Stratis as part of a NATO-peacekeeping mission.

Arma 3’s ‘The East Wind’ campaign consists of three episodes: ‘Survive’, ‘Adapt’, and ‘Win’. The final act follows the situation as it escalates further, with NATO forces in the Mediterranean on the brink of all-out war with the AAF and their strategic partners, CSAT. Given greater responsibility – and facing a more formidable enemy – players must deploy all the skills and experience they've gathered to bring the flashpoint to a resolution.

“The final installment of our campaign gives players the chance to experience combat on a larger scale than we've seen so far”, said Arma 3’s Creative Director Jay Crowe. “Tactical freedom - together with big, combined arms engagements - is at the heart of Episode 3’s gameplay, as we follow Ben Kerry’s story to its conclusion.”

The episode’s content package also includes three brand new vehicles. The first new vehicle making its way into Arma 3’s sandbox is the A-164 Wipeout single-seat aircraft. The A-164 Wipeout, successor to the legendary A-10, features improved performance and armaments, adding some real punch and some great new gameplay opportunities to the NATO faction. The other new aircraft is the To-199 Neophron, which serves as a great addition to the CSAT forces due to its agility. The To-199 Neophron is perfect for Close Air Support and taking off from rough terrain. The third new vehicle is a 6x6 mine resistant standard transport truck, named Tempest. Its primary role is to carry troops and cargo, and its modular design allows for several transport variants of the Tempest truck: cargo, refuel, medical, repair and ammo re-supply.



Last but not least, the Win campaign episode delivers a separate ‘Fixed-Wing’ Showcase mission, which introduces players to the new aircraft via a thrilling new scenario. The massive 270 km² Altis terrain has also not been left untouched. New points of interests have been added, with the highlights being an athletics stadium and ghost hotel compound.

The ‘Win’ campaign episode, including the new vehicles and other content, will be made available to all Arma 3 owners as an automatic update on Steam. To play through the first two campaign episodes, and experience the rest of Arma 3’s diverse offering, people can already purchase the regular edition of Arma 3 (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) or the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (49.99 EUR/42.99 GBP/64.99 USD) from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. A boxed version of the game is also available at many of the major retailers.



  March 11th, 2014 - 19:31 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00047 Official    

On Tuesday 11th March 2014, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00047 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: 'Win' devbranch & release, Weather for everyone, Zeus intel
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

Internally we have just applied the 'data lock' for the 'Win' campaign episode and associated content (jets, truck, Altis locations!). We are no longer adding new things to this milestone, but focusing on getting it ready for release. The first public release moment is staging on devbranch, hopefully later this week. Then, on March 20th, we open it up to everyone - packaged as the 1.14 update.

As with the devbranch release of previous episodes, we would like to ask you to avoid spoilers for those waiting for the full release. We're appreciative of your feedback, but if you want to minimize risk to your experience and savegames - consider not yet trying the episode at this stage. It's only another week away.

INTELLIGENCE

Zeus is to be released as a game update not very long after 'Win'. Feature and technology development for that initial version is wrapping up with some pretty cool features. Zeus will have control over moving characters in and out of vehicles, fire support modules and context-sensitive waypoints. Beyond that, we will see how successful Zeus is once it's out there for everyone. We're seeing a good bit of excitement and a lot of us really enjoy playing it - so we hope to be able to support it more.

New audio configuration options make it finally possible to handle high rate-of-fire weapons fire better. Basically it's possible to have a sample with an intro, looping mid-section and outro. This was specifically needed for one of the new CAS airplanes, but it can be used in other places as well.

Inspired by similar work done in DayZ, our programmers have worked on weather and time synchronization in multiplayer (their state being distributed automatically across clients). A first version of this is available on devbranch.

Continued work on autonomous vehicle technology has brought access to a real-time video feed from connected drones. It's still a work-in-progress, but should be available under Configure > Controls > Keyboard > Common > AV Camera.

OPERATIONS

Devbranch will soon be receiving an option in the multiplayer server browser to switch between master servers. The default will be GameSpy's for the time being, but you will now also be able to list servers via Steam. We are exploring further integration of Steamworks, and the enhanced functionality it brings to MP. The primary difference may be that Steam's implementation will find fewer servers through complex NAT. We are keen to find out precisely how many servers are affected by NAT issues, and whether these issues can be resolved via network configuration.

LOGISTICS

Check out last week's TECHREP and SPOTREP for info on the 1.12 update, servers and tools. Unfortunately we had to follow-up on Friday with a multiplayer stability hotfix. While that resolved the primary instability, we are still looking at other problems for 1.14. Apologies for the inconvenience; we are exploring better ways to handle large-scale MP testing ahead of game updates. Many of these issues do not show up in devbranch due to the slight differences in game / engine configuration.


  March 11th, 2014 - 18:29 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SPOTREP #00020 - Hotfix: 1.12 Screenshots    

On Friday 7th March 2014, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP SPOTREP #00020 on the official Arma 3 web site.


FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch
ACTIVITY: Hotfix: 1.12 (MP crash fix)
SIZE: ~16 MB
CHANGELOG

ENGINE
Fixed: Multiplayer server crash opportunity
Fixed: Cursor target inside buildings
Fixed: clearWeapon\Magazine\Item\BackpackCargoGlobal commands no longer work on non-local objects (http://feedback.arma3.com/view.php?id=17655). The change fixed some things, but caused too many issues in user-generated content. We'll look at another way.


  March 7th, 2014 - 15:21 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 3's 'Alpha anniversary' celebration Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us about the Arma 3 'Alpha anniversary'.
To celebrate, BIS released a ‏new update (1.12) featuring the M2A4 Slammer tank alongside other things such as bugfixes, improved multiplayer servers and new optics for MBT's.

In celebration of Arma 3's 'Alpha anniversary' (the Arma 3 Alpha was released on March 5th 2013), Bohemia Interactive has deployed a brand new M2A4 Slammer UP (Urban Purpose) tank variant (screenshot attached). Players have access to the Slammer UP after downloading today's automatic update for Arma 3 on Steam.

The M2A4 Slammer UP is the urban purpose variant of the M2A1 Slammer. Compared to the base version, it features heavier armor with reinforced rear of the tank and a remote-controlled turret. This weight increase had to be compensated somewhere, which is why the M2A4 is fitted with a less powerful 105mm cannon - compared to 120mm of the base Slammer.

Arma 3 pioneered Steam's Early Access form of development with the release of the Arma 3 Alpha one year ago. Working closely together with the community, Arma 3 also became one of the first Early Access games to celebrate its official release. Building further upon the game's solid foundation, Bohemia Interactive is still actively developing new improvements, features and content - among which Arma 3's final campaign episode and the Arma 3 Zeus DLC. The studio has also launched a €500,000 modding competition.

For more information about Arma 3, please visit the official website at www.arma3.com and follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The complete changelog of the new update (1.12) can be found here.




  March 5th, 2014 - 18:23 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00046 Official    

On Tuesday 4th March 2014, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00046 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Alpha anniversary, Zeus intel
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

Tomorrow will have been a year since the release of the Arma 3 Alpha. Thanks to your enduring support and the hard work of the development team, Arma 3 has evolved into a cool military package. And it continues to grow and mature. As a small bonus for this mini-anniversary, we're including a new variant of the Slammer MBT in tomorrow's update. The Urban Purpose variant features a commander machine gun turret, a smaller caliber cannon, shorter barrel, and enhanced armor.

The update will also sport improved optics for armored vehicles - giving them more unique and authentic styles. Alongside the game update, we'll of course be bringing the Server packages to the same version. The Arma 3 Tools suite is to receive more samples for various vehicle types, as well as a tool to extract PBO data.

INTELLIGENCE

Petr Kolár reports: you may have already noticed that new holders for various objects appeared in the Editor together with the Zeus Beta release to development branch. These are meant to improve mission making by adding a possibility to place weapons on specific spots, and not only for Zeus. It is easier for example to make your own firing drills with a wide variety of weapons on the ground around shooting positions. We have even added an empty one on popular demand, in order to fill it with stuff using initialization scripts. All weapons, inventory items, headgear, vests and uniforms should be available to use (and loaded with respective magazines in case of weapons).

Let's continue last week's look at some of the cool aspects of Zeus:


  • There is a strong potential for training. Team up with an experienced player and let him or her be a cooperative Zeus who runs you through improvised combat drills, navigation training, tactics, or anything else you can think of. This form of multiplayer training can be very intuitive and powerful.

  • It is very easy to create custom scenarios which use Zeus technology in some way. Many things are possible, but it starts by simply dropping in a player character and a Game Master module (F7). Check out the documentation to learn more about setting up resource / unlock schemes, using custom add-ons, defining editable objects and areas, and more.

  • The Zeus tech, especially when broken down to its smaller components and modules, can be used for other projects. Think of other game modes or features like spectating for example.


OPERATIONS

As we get closer to the release of the 'Win' campaign episode, the work on the new vehicles comes to its end. We are primarily tweaking the jets' flight models and getting the final sounds in place. A few new sound triggers in the engine will be usable for community aircraft as well: landing gear and flap SFX. Ideally we'll be staging the assets on devbranch next week.

Another small Task Force has been mopping up work on drones, based on player feedback and a few internal requests for upcoming scenarios. This forums post sums up what has been fixed / changed over the past few weeks.

LOGISTICS

Need some new wallpapers for your PC? Grab the new ones for the Make Arma Not War contest, or the splendid Arma 3 ones!


  March 4th, 2014 - 17:10 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

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