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Overview

An Archetype Entity is based on a regular Entity and specifies individual parameter values for that Entity. If the value of an Archetype parameter is changed, all instances of that Archetype in the scene will be updated automatically.

Archetype Entities are organized in libraries which can be created in the DataBase View.

So technical level designers can predefine variations of Entity classes as Archetype Entities that can be used throughout the whole game. For global changes affecting all instances, the Archetype Entity just needs to be changed once in the Database View.

In the Search bar at the top, you can filter out any Archetype Entities by typing part of their name. The tool will then show you only the Archetype Entities and the groups they are in.

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Preview

The button next to the Search bar toggles the preview of the Archetype Entity you have selected. This preview will be shown in the bottom part of the tool.

As shown in the image below, clicking Open will bring up the Legacy Material Editor where you can modify the parameters as well as the material properties of the archetype entity.

EntityArchetype Params

EntityArchetype Params

Archetype Entity Parameters

Archetype Entity Parameters are a basic set of parameters shared by all Archetype Entities.

Parameter

Description

Ignore Visareas

When set, the object will not be rendered when inside a visarea.

Shadow Minimum Graphics

When set, the object will cast a shadow based on the minimum graphics setting.

Dynamic Distance ShadowsEnables the Dynamic Distance Shadows. For more information, see Cached Shadows.
GI And Usage ModeDefines the GI mode that would be assigned to the entity.

Lod Ratio

Defines how far from the current camera position, the different Level Of Detail models for the object are used.

View Dist Ratio

Defines how far from the current camera position, the the object can be seen.

Hidden In Game

When set, this object is not shown in the game mode.

Receive Wind

When set, this object will be influenced by any wind setup in the level.

RenderNearest

Used to eliminate z-buffer artifacts when rendering from first person view.

No Static Decals

When this option is set, decals will not project onto the object.


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