Arma 3: End Game Spectator Mode
The Nexus Update has introduced a new spectator mode which should improve the way players can observe a match. While this new scenario viewing mode was introduced with End Game it can be used outside of the multiplayer mode, open to community members to use in their own missions.
- 1st Person Perspective
- Free Perspective (Optional)
- 3rd Person Perspective (Optional)
- Night Vision (in 1PP depends on the unit's current state)
- Thermal Vision (in 1PP depends on the unit's current state)
Point lights are created at the camera location and at the cursor location in world.
A custom map designed for the spectator mode, allowing for fast but precise map navigation and changing focused unit.
For a full list see the ingame control hints
|W/S||Free Perspective movement forward / backward|
|A/D||Free Perspective movement left / right|
|Q/Z||Free Perspective movement up / down|
|⇧ Shift + W/A/S/D/Q/Z||Free Perspective fast speed|
|Alt + W/A/S/D/Q/Z||Free Perspective very fast speed|
|Alt + ⇧ Shift + W/A/S/D/Q/Z||Free Perspective ultra fast speed|
|Select / Deselect spectator focused unit / vehicle|
|Look / Rotate Around|
|⟵||Hide / Show spectator interface|
|Space||If spectator has a unit focused it changes through the available camera modes|
|Ctrl + F1..F10||Save currently selected soldier|
|F1..F10||Select saved soldier|
|Ctrl + 0..9||Save current Free Perspective camera position|
|0..9||Select Free Perspective camera position|
|NUM Enter ↵/NUM 0/NUM .||Select camera view|
Debug Spectator Mode
It is possible to access the Spectator Mode while previewing in the Editor / EDEN Editor by pressing Esc and clicking Spectator, to close you can repeat previous step.
In certain respawn types, the Spectator Mode is automatically executed upon death and replaces the old mode. It works automatically with respawn 1 ("Bird") and 5 ("Side" if there's no AI left). For more information on the available respawn types and their specific behavior see Arma 3: Respawn - Respawn Types.
respawn = 1;
In case you would like to control when a player starts / stops spectating, you can use the built-in functions to do exactly that. See BIS_fnc_EGSpectator for more information.
Spectate When Dead
If you are using a respawn type different then 1 ("Bird"), you may want to execute the spectator mode when a player dies, then stop the spectator when the player respawns, this could be achieved in many ways, such as the one below, which will make every player start spectating when dead, and stop spectating when he respawns, 60 seconds after:
respawn = 3; respawnDelay = 60;
The new Spectator mode also brings a new special object that can be controlled by a player and will give the controlling player the Spectator Mode control, just drop it in a scenario and start spectating that easily. If you are accessing the Virtual Spectator from EDEN Editor, you will see custom attributes to control certain parts of the Virtual Spectator functionality within EDEN.
Use missionNamespace variables to limit camera behavior.
|RscSpectator_allowedGroups||Array of Groups||All group members will be available for spectator preview. All groups are used by default.|
RscSpectator_allowedGroups = [BIS_grpBlue, BIS_grpGreen];
|RscSpectator_allowFreeCam||Boolean||Enable/disable access to free cam. When disabled, only unit view remains. Default is enabled.|