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Overview

Throughout the CryENGINE documentation articles, you may find references to "Pure Game Mode". This refers to running the game from the Launcher application, as opposed to running the game from within Sandbox.

When the game is shipped, players will use the Launcher and hence, the pure game mode to play. The Launcher will provide a real game environment for testing.

This "Launcher" file can be found in both Bin32 and Bin64 directories, inside the main SDK folder.

By default, the file is called "Launcher" but you're able to rename this to whatever you like. You can also set the title of the Launcher window by using the following variable in the system.cfg file: cvGameName=YOURTITLEHERE

Startup

When you run the Launcher.exe, you'll be asked to login with your CryDev credentials. After doing this you will be greeted with a screen that looks like the following:

This is the sample main menu shipped with the SDK which gives you a number of options to adjust. If you'd like to create your own custom menu, we leave it up to you, the developer, to create a menu for your game.

Loading a level

To load a level click on either Singleplayer or Multiplayer, depending on which game mode you wish to play.

Hosting/Joining Multiplayer

You can also Host or Join a multiplayer game via the Multiplayer menu. When joining a game, choose your name and the server you wish to join, which is the IP address of the Host.

Handy CVars

map

Load a map

i_reload

Reloads item scripts.

log_Verbosity
DUMPTODISK

defines the verbosity level for log messages written to console
-1=suppress all logs (including eAlways)
0=suppress all logs(except eAlways)
1=additional errors
2=additional warnings
3=additional messages
4=additional comments

r_DisplayInfo
DUMPTODISK, RESTRICTEDMODE

Toggles debugging information display.
Usage: r_DisplayInfo [0=off/1=show/2=enhanced]

r_VSync
DUMPTODISK, RESTRICTEDMODE

Toggles vertical sync.
0: Disabled
1: Enabled
2: Enabled, use asynchronous swaps on X360

r_Width
DUMPTODISK

Sets the display width, in pixels. Default is 1024.
Usage: r_Width [800/1024/..]

r_Height
DUMPTODISK

Sets the display height, in pixels. Default is 768.
Usage: r_Height [600/768/..]

sys_spec

Tells the system cfg spec. (0=custom, 1=low, 2=med, 3=high, 4=very high, 5=XBox360, 6=Playstation3)

s_SoundEnable
DUMPTODISK

Toggles sound on and off.
Usage: s_SoundEnable [0/1]
Default is 1 (on). Set to 0 to disable sound.

t_Scale

Game time scaled by this - for variable slow motion

quit
RESTRICTEDMODE

Quits the game

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