SEC2 version 2.1.0 final introduces the option to join Multiplayer servers running installable mods right from the Retail Multiplayer Serverlist. Players can get the latest Client update ( SEC2_188.8.131.521.Client-Beta6_2023-06-12_07) in the SEC2 develpment site: http://cpp.mx/sec2 although a new release should be out in all sites in the upcoming days.
In order to use this feature, the Mod must follow some rules, as described in this article.
Repacking the Mod.
In order to make the mod 100% compatible we need to use a proper name for It, following these rules:
- Don’t use special characters in the mod name;
- only A-Z letters,
- 0-9 numbers
- And – or _ characters are recommended.
Once you selected your mod name, for example MY_NEW_MOD_V1, use It as Base for the name of the following files:
- MY_NEW_MOD_V1.Arch00 (This is the main mod file)
- MY_NEW_MOD_V1.archcfg (Custom Archcfg file, see notes below).
- MY_NEW_MOD_V1.bat (Windows Batch File to launch the mod).
- MY_NEW_MOD_V1_User Folder. Will contain files for the profile, including a copy of your Key.ini file.
Here is one of the main points of the guide. You must include in the .archcfg file first the SEC2 folder and next the Archcfg file of your mod. This will allow your mod to be loaded seamlessly and also, list Retail and other modded servers from the serverlist once the player leaves the server. And yes, this limits the usage of custom GameClient.dll files inside the Arch00 file. Some advanced features may be lost because of that, but I consider this a worthy exchange in order to improve the game integration with mods. In this repack, I removed the GameClient.dll file included (No need to add a new one, the game will load the existing in the previous line, contained in /SEC2
Here’s an example with Coop Warfare repack.
You can create other .bat files to start single player, o host a server with the mod. It’s a good practice to also include a readme file; but the files previously listed must share the mod name selected. If some of the files doesn’t meet this criteria, you can get unexpected results.
In the cpp.mx/mods page you can get Repacks of Coop Warfare 0.7 and Bastard Mod, two of the most popular mods available for FEAR.