It would be hard to overstate the impact Arma 3 mods have had on video games at large. DayZ and PUBG: Battlegrounds both started life as mods for the military simulation game series, and developer Bohemia Interactive is keen to launch the Arma 4/Reforger modding scene. The new Enfusion engine that powers Arma Reforger – and which Arma 4 will eventually use – allows modders to share their work across PC and Xbox for the first time.
Arma Reforger mods can be accessed from the main menu by selecting the Workshop tile. There you can browse both official Bohemia Interactive mods and user-created mods. Both are built using the same tools – Arma Reforger includes Workbench, a separate software package found in the Tools section of your Steam library.
“It’s actually the tool we use for our development,” says Jan Dusek, Reforger project manager. “This tool includes sample mods and documentation for users to see how they can affect or modify specific aspects of the game.” Bohemia has launched an online dev hub, with links to a documentation wiki and a sample mod on github, to help new Enfusion modders get started.
Workbench includes just about everything you need to build a complete game. There is a world editor, a particle editor, animation and procedural animation editors, a behavior editor, and more.
“Any user with a good knowledge of C# scripting should be able to add custom AI behaviors, audio and visual assets, or even completely new game mechanics,” says Bohemia. “Essentially, imaginative players will be able to explore Enfusion to its limits and receive a crash course in Arma 4 modding, well ahead of schedule.”
Dusek says that Arma Reforger mods are released in the game’s workshop, which uses Bohemia Interactive’s own backend rather than the Steam workshop. This means that players using the Xbox Game Preview version of Arma Reforger will also be able to install and play them.
“Arma Reforger is a product where people will start creating their own work and learn how to work with Enfusion,” says Dusek. While there’s no guarantee mods built for Reforge will be compatible with Arma 4, he says Bohemia will “do our best to help” when the time comes.