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Lens flare from lights in the environment is not a configurable graphics option
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During the Alpha stage of ARMA 3's development, the lens flare of lights in the environment and from vehicles looked staggeringly pretty.
The original lens flare used is still 'advertised' on the ARMA 3 main website by one of the screenshots:

There are more examples of the ALPHA lens flare here:

Even if you do not agree that these lighting effects are to your taste, they should still be a configurable option in the video options. Somewhere along the line, they were removed and I believe are still in the game files, but I do not have the knowledge to retrieve such information unfortunately.

This is the Steam change log where the lens flare was removed from the game:

I understand the devs are extremely busy with other, far more important priorities right now- but it would be very nice to at least hear a reason from one of the devs on this feedback tracker (i.e. the effects caused low frame rates/ caused clipping/ other issues etc.) or possibly they could tell me a way I could re-enable the light effects through modding. Any kind of interaction from the ARMA 3 developers would be greatly appreciated.

I know things change in ALPHAs, and it's entirely up to the devs preference what gets in and what doesn't, but as far as the PC platform goes- the possibilities are almost endless. People with different calibre gaming rigs could turn off or turn up this very small lighting effect to their own personal liking. It could be disabled or toned down in multiplayer so it doesn't give an unfair disadvantage to those who may be 'blinded' by the lens flare.

I've looked at lots of my own screenshots and some YouTube videos made from the early days of the ARMA 3 Alpha, and as far as I can see, clipping and any kind of negative performance impacts don't seem to be present due to the lighting effects.

So, as a matter of leaving this option as personal preference to the player, and as a cinematic-making ARMA player, I would be more than happy to see this as a video options setting.

Failing that, I will try and gain help from the community on how I can manually re-enable this lighting feature, and possibly consider making a modification supporting it.


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Steps To Reproduce

Lighting effects in-game since the BETA version of ARMA 3 have been 'tweaked'.

In the Video Options menu, there are no other 'light' specific settings apart from the 'Dynamic Lights' options. There are no options to scale up lens flare generated from lights in ARMA 3 to players own personal needs. We are on PC, where changes can be reversed or increased, completely under the players own risk.

Additional Information

Any kind of notes are welcome on the subject, especially from any ARMA 3/Bohemia Interactive developers, I urge you to give me some information on the issue I have.

Thank you very much for your time!

Event Timeline

TOMMEH edited Steps To Reproduce. (Show Details)Jul 15 2014, 5:14 PM
TOMMEH edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
TOMMEH set Category to Game Settings.
TOMMEH set Reproducibility to Always.
TOMMEH set Severity to None.
TOMMEH set Resolution to Open.
TOMMEH set Legacy ID to 1237203970.May 7 2016, 6:59 PM
Bohemia added a subscriber: AD2001.Jul 15 2014, 5:14 PM

Voted up! This really needs to be put back in the game!

Bohemia added a subscriber: Bohemia.May 7 2016, 6:59 PM

My 2 cents is:

  • upvoted
  • lights actually are too..... yellow, like in early 20's, it look very unrealistic. Lights should be more white and lense flares is just great option to be putted in game, specially, if there is easy way to do this (get it from ALPHA).

Problem is... this is still "NEW" since year....