Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Official - Call of Duty: Black Ops III - How to Create - Workshop Guide
By TA_PCProd
Learn some of the basics of the Black Ops III Mod Tools and how to submit to the Black Ops III Workshop.
The Tools
This guide provides a quick overview for creators using the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Mod Tools. For more detailed information and documentation, please check the docs_modtools folder in your game directory

Important Notes:
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Mod Tools need to be installed in the same steam library folder location.
  • The Decimal symbol setting in your Windows Region and Language settings must be a period "." in order for the mod tools to run correctly. A comma "," will NOT work.
  • Map names need to start with "mp_" or "zm_" depending on whether they are a Multiplayer or Zombies map, respectively.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Mod Tools includes a number of different tools to help you manage and create your custom content. The primary tool set consists of:
Mod Tools Launcher
Asset Property Editor(APE)

When you launch Mod Tools for the first time, the Mod Tools Launcher will open.

The Launcher is where you will go to start the other tools and manage your custom maps and mods. You will create all of your new maps and new mods here and you will use the build settings to test and generate releasable versions of your content. Scrolling build feedback will be displayed in the bottom section of the Launcher.

APE is where you will manage all your mod and map assets including Models, Materials, Audio, Weapons, etc.

In APE you can edit preexisting assets and create new assets. You can see asset previews, asset stats and asset settings all in APE.

Radiant is the Black Ops III Level Editor.

Radiant is where you will build all your custom maps and custom visual effects.
System Requirements
The following are minimum system requirements to run the Mod Tools for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. We expected the requirements to be higher for the tools and were pleasantly surprised to see during the Alpha that some machines with lower specs could run parts of the suite. It is possible to do certain work on lower specification machines but in order to take advantage of the whole suite of tools we recommend using a computer of this caliber or higher.

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.4GHz / AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz or higher (SSE4.1 support required)
OS: Windows 7, Windows 10 (64-bit OS is required)
GPU: GTX 770 / AMD HD 7970 or higher (SLI and Crossfire are not supported)
VRAM: 4GB or more
RAM: 16GB DDR3 or more

Memory usage with additional assets installed can exceed 16GB. It is possible to save some memory by keeping the texture and model browsers closed unless using them. Filtering with search terms to limit the number of assets loaded or loading prefabs directly instead of loading a whole level can also save on memory usage.

For reference, the following are RAM consumption values from an internal test:
  • Open Radiant with no map loaded, model and texture browser closed
    • Base Mod Tools installation: 950MB
    • With additional assets installed: 950MB
  • Open Radiant with no map loaded, open Model and Texture browser and start scrolling through both
    • Base Mod Tools installation: 6.5GB-7.5GB
    • With additional assets installed: 6.5GB-8.5GB
  • Open Radiant with no map loaded, open Model and Texture browser and scroll through all model assets
    • Base Mod Tools installation: 9GB
    • With additional assets installed: 13GB
  • Open Radiant with ZM_Giant open, open Model and Texture browser and scroll through all model assets
    • Base Mod Tools installation: 12GB
    • With additional assets installed: 19GB
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Mod Tools utilizes Steam Workshop to manage and distribute user submissions.

Here are a couple notes for getting your mod or map ready to submit,
  • Delete any .xpak files from your map or mod's zone folder, commonly found at, C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Black Ops III\mods\"Your Mod Name"\zone or C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Black Ops III\usermaps\"Your Map Name"\zone
  • Once your .xpak files are deleted. In order for your game to work with all users, you will need to open Edit > Options and select all languages. This will make sure the game works for all users despite their Black Ops 3 language settings. Once you updated the options, recompile and link your map/mod.
When you’re ready to submit your mod or map to the workshop, tick the boxes next to any map or mod within the Launcher and click the Publish button

This will open the Publish Mod dialog where you will enter the Name, Description and Preview Image for your map or mod. These fields control how your workshop item will display to other users so make sure it looks good!

Once you click Ok, your workshop item will be published and a browser will open taking you directly to your new workshop item page. Here you can add videos, more images, edit name or description, and control the item’s visibility.

For more information about the Workshop, click here.

Here are some Community sites and videos that should help you get started and dive into more complex topics. Although these are not official, the Call of Duty modding community is excellent and they will welcome you with open arms regardless of your question!

In alphebetical order,
CoD Utility[]
Discord Server - Black Ops 3 Mod Tools[]
Dr.Lilrobot's Sound How To
MakeCents' Scripting/Modding Tutorials[]
Mappers United[]
MelVin's Youtube Tutorials
SE2Dev Youtube Tutorials
UGX Mods Homepage[]
UGX Mods Wiki[]
UGX Mods Youtube
Wakka's Youtube Tutorials
Zeroy's Youtube Tutorials

We also encourage you to post in the Black Ops 3 Community Discussions if you have any questions or feedback. We look forward to seeing all your amazing work!
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Stoney Mahony Oct 31 @ 2:47pm 
Does anyone know where to get the mod tools for zombies?
adude Aug 3 @ 10:56am 
whats the point in making it 90+ gb to download but you dont even have any models or props?
rustynoob Jul 29 @ 9:12am 
i cant even find the mod tools downloads
Jgamingboy16 Jul 14 @ 3:11pm 
its not fair i just cant open radiant i have 16gb ram and but does radiant need the full 16Gb to open? if so then i wont be able to mod
alessio Jul 2 @ 9:01am 
Lord_Baldomero26 Jun 14 @ 7:57pm 
Said Jul 3, 2022 @ 11:05am 
Bear! Jan 24, 2022 @ 2:49am 
I bought this game with the chronicles addition and i cant find the mod tools it seems as they dont exist in my pc what so ever and i want to make maps but i cant
²MichaelRamos May 8, 2021 @ 10:46am 
How to import a map Minecraft on black ops 3 mod tools ?
Women in general May 1, 2021 @ 10:35pm 
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