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Call of Juarez 2 Part 1: Tools, Support and Beginning

Category: Call of Juarez 2
October 29, 2009

Call of Juarez 2 Level Design Part 1: Tools, Support and Beginning

I have been collaborating with Techland, the developers of Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood to bring you a set of tutorials focusing on single player level design using ChromEd. Techland is fantastic to work with and I have nothing but praise to say about them.

Special thanks to Seir, Level Designer at Techland. Check out his website here.

You can find out more about the company here.

We will cover from beginning to end how to create a custom single player map using a very powerful engine, Chrome Engine 4.

Being able to create custom maps for Call of Juarez 2 requires a full game. You must have a PC version.

You can get Call of Juarez 2 PC version from Amazon.com

Part 1 covers:

Modding Tools
Custom Map File Structure
Playing Custom Maps
Beginning your first map

CoJ2 Bound in Blood Video Notes:

Update your game with the latest patch.

Download Modding Tools

Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood

Install the patch and the Modding Tools.

Navigate into your CoJ2 installation game folder and find Editor_x86. That is the newly installed ChromEd.

Right Mouse Button click and Send to Desktop/CreateShortcut.

Custom map files have extentsion of .map

All of your custom maps are stored in

C:\Users\Documents\Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood\data\mapsextra and mapsnet

C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\My Documents\Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood\Data\MapsExtra or MapsNet

MapsExtra folder is for Single Player

MapsNet folder is for Multiplayer

Final exported maps are .pak files

Playing Custom Maps:

Installation Folder\Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood\CoJ2\Data\MapsExtra

Installation Folder\Call of Juarez - Bound in Blood\CoJ2\Data\MapsNet

Launch the editor and create a new map.

Choose Single Player

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Fill in the name and description of your map.

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Next, choose the environment type. First three already has predefined terrain. Bottom three are the empty templates, which are more advanced. We want to choose the empty templates.

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Choose the size of your map.

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Choose the time you want your map to have. This can be changed later in Map Settings properties.

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