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===Introduction===
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'''[[Armed Assault]]''' offers many possibilities to '''add new content''' to it. You can [[ArmA: Mission Editing|create missions]], [[ArmA: Addon Editing|introduce new vehicles]], enhance your missions and addons with the large [[Scripting|scripting]] capabilities or create a whole new [[ArmA: Total Conversions|total conversion]] - a game in the game.
  
Information relating to editing functions known to be compatible with ArmA.
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Many [[ArmA: Addon Groups|addon groups]] have formed and kept alive [[:Category:Operation Flashpoint|{{ofp}}]] until the release of [[Armed Assault]]. The '''nearly unlimited capabilities''' of addon and mission editing have brought completely different scenarios into the game than what it was originally designed for. Various mods have been created by creative members of the community.
  
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[[{{arma1}}]] means to even '''extend these capabilities'''. There are more possibilities when [[ArmA: Addon Editing|editing addons]], many [[:Category:Armed_Assault:_New_Scripting_Commands_List|new commands]] for [[Scripting|scripting]] and additional features for [[ArmA: Mission Editing|mission editors]].
  
===Applicability===
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== Getting Started ==
  
Although Armed Assault is largely compatible with the original Operation Flashpoint series of games, no editing functions should be assumed to be fully compatible, unless they are specifically linked as Articles or Subcategories to this page.
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* [[ArmA: Addon Editing|Creating addons]]
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* [[ArmA: Mission Editing|Creating missions]]
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* [[Scripting]]
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* [[ArmA: Terrain Editing|Creating islands]]
  
The list of major changes since Operation Flashpoint is being compiled at [[Armed Assault: Editing - What Is New]]
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== Backward Compatibility ==
  
[[Category:ArmA: Editing| ]]
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Although [[Armed Assault]] is largely compatible with the original [[:Category:Operation Flashpoint|{{ofp}}]] series of games, no editing functions should be assumed to be fully compatible, unless they are specifically linked as Articles or Subcategories to this page. There are a few changes which often break existing code:
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* [[String]] and [[Code]] are now two distinct types (see [[Code]])
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== Forward Compatibility ==
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[[{{arma2}}]] will be largely compatible with [[Armed Assault]]. To make porting of content from ArmA as simple as possible, there are few important things:
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* using of undefined variable in scripts (nil value) will be in Arma 2 strictly reported as an error. All variables used in any scripts must be initialized before first use
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* in Arma 2 namespaces will be introduced for user scripts and variables. There are many low level reasons to do this and most of the content will be not be affected by this in any negative way. However, in order to be prepared, it is very important to separate UI related scripts and code as much as possible and not simply share global variables between UI and missions as UI namespace needs to be handled differently.
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* in order to maintain smooth frame rate in real-time content, time limit for all scripts in each frame is enforced by the engine in Arma 2. Generally speaking, in case of more demanding scripts, be prepared that their result may come way later and also there probably can suffer from significant latency. It is under evaluation if and how possibly allow user scripts to change how much time they may take from the CPU in every frame.
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== What's new ==
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=== Mission Editing ===
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* Official and Community [[:Category:ArmA: Community Tools|Tools]]. Eg: PBO file handling and more.
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=== Addon Editing ===
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* In addition to [[Textures]] used before, [[Materials]] define lighting properties and multiple texture layers
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* [[Model Config]] based animations
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* [[HUD|Heads-up-displays]]
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=== Scripting ===
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* Precompilation - [[Code]] is now distinct type
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=== Terrain Editing ===
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;Terrain Surface
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* [[Layered Terrain Surface Representation]]
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=== AI Modification ===
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* Each unit type can define its own [[FSM]] (AI logic) defining how the unit behaves when acting as a part of the formation [[Armed Assault: FormationFSM]]
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{{GameCategory|arma1|Editing}}

Latest revision as of 10:23, 6 January 2021

Armed Assault offers many possibilities to add new content to it. You can create missions, introduce new vehicles, enhance your missions and addons with the large scripting capabilities or create a whole new total conversion - a game in the game.

Many addon groups have formed and kept alive Operation Flashpoint until the release of Armed Assault. The nearly unlimited capabilities of addon and mission editing have brought completely different scenarios into the game than what it was originally designed for. Various mods have been created by creative members of the community.

Armed Assault means to even extend these capabilities. There are more possibilities when editing addons, many new commands for scripting and additional features for mission editors.

Getting Started

Backward Compatibility

Although Armed Assault is largely compatible with the original Operation Flashpoint series of games, no editing functions should be assumed to be fully compatible, unless they are specifically linked as Articles or Subcategories to this page. There are a few changes which often break existing code:

Forward Compatibility

Arma 2 will be largely compatible with Armed Assault. To make porting of content from ArmA as simple as possible, there are few important things:

  • using of undefined variable in scripts (nil value) will be in Arma 2 strictly reported as an error. All variables used in any scripts must be initialized before first use
  • in Arma 2 namespaces will be introduced for user scripts and variables. There are many low level reasons to do this and most of the content will be not be affected by this in any negative way. However, in order to be prepared, it is very important to separate UI related scripts and code as much as possible and not simply share global variables between UI and missions as UI namespace needs to be handled differently.
  • in order to maintain smooth frame rate in real-time content, time limit for all scripts in each frame is enforced by the engine in Arma 2. Generally speaking, in case of more demanding scripts, be prepared that their result may come way later and also there probably can suffer from significant latency. It is under evaluation if and how possibly allow user scripts to change how much time they may take from the CPU in every frame.

What's new

Mission Editing

  • Official and Community Tools. Eg: PBO file handling and more.

Addon Editing

Scripting

  • Precompilation - Code is now distinct type

Terrain Editing

Terrain Surface

AI Modification