Author: DarkWanderer
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Version: 26-03-2013

Short description: Using Arma 2 content in Arma 3 - a helper script.

Date: 2013-03-27 19:54

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Forward-porting Arma 2 content to Arma 3 [ALPHA]


Since BIS has shown their supportive official position regarding the content forward porting, I decided, I'd share a little script which, I hope, will help to start the ball rolling.

The idea is based on this video, although with some modifications. The script works with both Steam and non-Steam installs. What it does is basically it copies some (not all - as some just do not work) files from your existing Arma 2/Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead install into the Arma 3 Alpha.

This script ports Islands, Vehicles (air/cars/armor/...) and weapons. Everything is working to some extent, though there are some bugs of course.

Open the included cmd file with notepad++ to see what this script does and how it does it or view it here.

Here's how to use it:
  1. Write down the locations of the root folders of your games (ArmA 2, ArmA 2 Operation Arrowhead, ArmA 3). Note on which drives the games are located. For the script to work correctly, ArmA 2 and ArmA 2 OA must be installed on the same drive (not necessarily in the same folder).
  2. Open the downloaded file with a text editor
  3. Put the game locations into corresponding variables (a2path, a2oapath, a3path)
  4. Create 2 empty modfolders (@something) on the same drive as your ArmA 2/A2OA installation (in my example, everything is on drive D). Put them into variables a2targetpath and a2oatargetpath respectively
  5. Launch the script. Voila!

This script works fast, as it creates hardlinks for files instead of copying them. It is perfectly safe - and saves a lot of time and space.

Disclaimer: This script is distributed as is and author claims no responsibility for any kind of damage (including legal, physical, economical or any other kind) which may result from its use.

Known issues:
The only note is that you need to put the vehicles as "empty" and move pilots inside by scripting - if you want AI vehicles.

Forum topic:
- BI forums

- Arma 2
- Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead

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