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  1. I've seen no evidence that BI has hired anyone new to specifically work on AI for future titles. I do think that they already have staff who can do work on AI but they did not get allocated enough time and resources to implement the scope of changes that we would like to have seen in A3. Hopefully they are given the resources and time to work on AI for future Arma games in Enfusion. I think your suspicion that AI might be skipped in future Arma games could be true, Vygor for example is basically DayZ without the AI zombies. Which is fine, it makes sense to focus on the parts that work and cut the stuff that can cause problems and cost more development time than the value they bring to the gameplay. In the context of Arma I could see the benefits of cutting a complex AI system to focus on a platform that keeps the main focus of the engine efficient etc. Perhaps it would be best to make the platform robust enough to enable the community to develop custom AI but isolate that from the engine itself so we don't see the kind of problems we see in Arma when AI are added and cause the engine to get bogged down. We might already be in a better position with Enfusion, I got the feeling that the AI systems in RV was so embedded and undocumented that it was almost impossible to de-tangle the systems and prevent AI from dragging the engine performance down, leaving us with just small changes but nothing radically changed. Perhaps this is not the case with Enfusion and it will give them enough overhead to develop a new AI system. I just hope that we get something that allows for the large maps to be populated with more AI, we need a realistic military population, a company for each side, with maybe 2 platoons in each company. So that is potentially over 200 AI, then we want civilians so another 100-200 AI. And it would be hard to do that sort of stuff in RV without elaborate systems and hardware such as caching and headless clients which most of us are not in a position to do. If we could get those sorts of numbers I would be happy. And if the AI needs to be simpler to achieve that I could live with that, but let the community script more advanced AI subroutines that they can choose to use. I'm pretty sure that BI wants this sort of experience in the Arma games, there was talk of a large open single player campaign with the whole map being populated but it got cut, I think because of the Greece thing, but more likely due to the technical difficulty of implementing that sort of scenario in the game. We did see an engine based caching system in RV near the end of A3's main development cycle, but it was never really used much probably due to it's limitations in the way that caching system works by effectively pausing stuff that you want to be actively moving and interactive.
  2. I can appreciate that there is a lot of content, both from the devs and the community, that we all get to enjoy from all of the Arma and OPF series of games. And I would love for that backwards compatibility to be maintained going forward with future games. And from what we can see currently with DayZ it certainly looks like content such as maps and models can indeed be ported to future games without much hassle, animations could be an issue. However my main concern is that the biggest challenge going forward, both for DayZ and any future Arma game is performance, MP AI performance in particular. If ultimately we have to sacrifice that backwards compatibility of the content from previous games to achieve the "magic bullet" that will finally solve and unlock the MP AI experiences we want to have in future games then I think we should accept that cost. Worst case scenario will be that we will have to port the logic for missions and scenarios to the new scripting engine in enfusion. DayZ seems to have made progress with large amounts of relatively static entities (loot) in the MP environment, but I am still waiting to see large amounts of complex entities (AI) in the MP environment. Arma is great for large scale warfare, but we really need to populate those large scale maps with AI to get an experience that deserves to be called "splendid".
  3. TAC-OPS DLC discussion (speculation and hopes)

    My hopes for TAC-OPS DLC would be: Adding better movement features such as climbing through windows and over fences, scaling buildings with help from team mates. Like the EnhanceMovement mod. Precision placement of charges/mines, such as attaching charges to vehicles. Night vision options for snipers. Grenade throwing options for over/under hand throws.
  4. WIll they ever optimize it?

    Optimize your expectations.
  5. Jump

    I think jumping by itself is not much use, but the idea of being able to scale small obstacles is worthy of being added to the game. The vault mechanic in the game works most of the time but fails to let us do things like climbing through a window, or out of the water. If you haven't tried Bad Benson's Enhanced Movement mod yet you should, it really opens up the environment in terms of access to areas that are usually off limits.
  6. Arma 3: Community wishes & ideas- DISCUSSION

    I feel the quality is better at low bitrates and file sizes are smaller. I think it would open up mission makers to adding more dialogue to their missions. There is a comparison with other codecs on the site here: https://opus-codec.org/comparison/
  7. Arma 3: Community wishes & ideas- DISCUSSION

    I really hope that the TAC-OPS DLC will improve basic infantry movement. We need something like Bad Benson's Enhanced Movement mod in the game so we can climb through windows and over walls, or climb out of the water. It really makes a big difference to how you interact with the environment. And MagRepack... And in game engine support for playing opus instead of ogg would be cool too.
  8. BIS Aircraft Carrier

    This looks amazing. I just hope it is polished enough with supporting features like deployment by air and sea, and also options for infiltration to attack the air craft carrier from the submersible vehicle. And I kind of wonder what ever happened to that submarine model that was in the game and never really used...
  9. Orange DLC (wild) SPECULATIONS !!!

    I have a bad feeling that it's going to be Bicycle DLC...
  10. 64-bit Executables Feedback

    I just ran YAAB on 1.68 x64 and got under 30 fps and it never used more than 4GB ram despite having 16GB, i5 3570K, GTX970, SSD. Was hoping for moar... /sadface
  11. I think the interesting thing in this video is that on the i5 we see all the cores are all equally being used and never maxing out, yet in the other two we can see core 1 reaching high usage and the other cores being minimally used. I doubt the x64 builds will fix this. I think if we could get Arma to make full use of all the available cores that would be "splendid".
  12. co10 Escape

    I tried using the option in parameters to save the settings but it didn't seem to work. Anyone else used this feature that can confirm it works?
  13. Scrap the AI System

    I don't think he stated that SP needs to be online. He stated the obvious fact that it is hard to prove that there is a majority of people playing single player offline. Even if you take away the number of people online from the number of global sales you can't "assume" that all the rest must be playing offline. It is possibly more reasonable to "assume" that those players are simply no longer playing the game. Perhaps subtracting online steam player numbers from the players in servers would give an idea of how many people just play single player but it would not account for those who play offline. Regardless the point I think is that AI improvements would benefit both offline and online play. And that we are seeing the majority of online play focused in areas of PVP type scenarios, possibly due to the issues around MP AI scenarios.
  14. Scrap the AI System

    I thought they did hire someone. I commented back in 2013 about it and got a response which you can read here:
  15. Scrap the AI System

    I was really really disappointed when A3 came out that the AI never got the kind of revision that I was hoping for, particularly in terms of performance. When you load up the game in the editor you can see the game runs fine. And even if you load in some AI with no enemy AI or activity the game runs fine. But when you run AI that are active either against other AI or against players you can see a dramatic decrease in performance. Granted these calculations for path finding and engagement behavior will have a performance cost associated with it I still think this is an area that should have been better targeted in A3. Simply by the fact that the maps are so large they really need to be populated with more AI to make them feel alive. The work being done on the dynamic simulation just now could help achieve the perception of more AI on the map in certain circumstances where fast movement across the map in jets for example won't cause issues with caching of AI. And I am glad that some work is still happening on these sort of systems. And after that "no magic bullet" statement I have came to accept that we will never see a revolution in AI performance across the board in A3. So I am watching the DayZ team with much hope for their efforts in making new AI in the Enforce scripting engine to see what is capable of happening in the future with BI products.
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