A relatively simple guide on how to change your team’s vehicle/object colors, as well as some cursory notes on team colors in CC2 in general.
Guide to Change Team’s Vehicle Color
How to Edit Your team’s Vehicle Color
In Carrier Command 2 your team’s colors are split into two parts, which I’ve deemed the Map Color and Vehicle Color. We’ll be mostly going over the latter today, which controls what color all vehicles (and some other in-game objects) on your team are painted with.
Vehicle color is controlled by the pattern_index variable within your save.xml file. To get here, hit [windows key] + [R], type in %appdata%, and browse to your Carrier Command 2 folder. Once you’re there, enter the saved_games folder and find the slot containing the save you wish to edit.
Note: If this process seems familiar up to this point, that’s because this is also how you would make any other save edit such as giving yourself more ammo, currency, etc.
Now, once you open the save.xml using notepad or a similar program, scroll down until you get to the <teams> section (or ctrl+F it). From there scroll to which team you wish to edit, and look for pattern_index=”X”, where X will be a number. It’ll be the first thing listed after your team’s ID value, if that helps you find it easier.
An example using Team 1, the default player team for SP games and the host’s default team in MP.
Change the value in the quotations to any number between 1 and 13 and save the xml file. Once you load your save you should notice that your carrier and its vehicles are now all a different color!
Valid Vehicle Colors, and Which Teams Use Them by Default
There are a total of thirteen valid pattern_index values. Any out of bounds value will result in your vehicles looking like untextured, blank, grey models.
Here’s the list of the nine colors currently used in-game by various teams in SP and MP games:
5: Light Blue
Used by team ID 1, the default player team (blue on the map).
Used by team ID 0, the “team” that controls the neutral islands (red on the map).
Used by team ID 3, the third playable team in MP games, and the third in the spawn order (yellow on the map).
8: Dark Blue
Used by team ID 6, the sixth team in the spawn order (cyan on the map).
Used by team ID 7, the seventh team in the spawn order (dark blue on the map).
Used by team ID 8, the eighth and final possible team to spawn in at the moment (dark orange on the map).
Used by team ID 2, the second playable team in MP games, and the second in the spawn order (gold on the map).
Used by team ID 5, the fifth team in the spawn order (pink on the map).
Used by team ID 4, the fourth and final playable team in MP games, and the fourth in the spawn order (purple on the map).
Unused Vehicle Colors
In addition to the list above, there are four additional pattern_index values not used by any naturally occurring team in the game. These are:
1: Blue Camo
2: Brown Camo
3: Green Camo
4: Grey Camo
Additional Notes About Team Colors in General
Note 1: It is only possible to play as teams 1-4 (ID 1-4) at the moment.
This is due to the hard limit of four maximum player teams in the current version of the game. Hopefully this will see an increase in the future as an eight-man FFA on a small map would be very fun to watch.
Note 2: As of current writing, there is no known way to change your team’s map color.
Since pattern_index only affects your vehicle color, not your map color. I’ve tried looking through the rest of a team’s section in the save.xml but couldn’t find anything that seems to be related to map color. I also tried messing with the team’s ID value, but that either did nothing or broke the save – the game really doesn’t like team 1 (and presumably 0) not existing in particular. My current hypothesis is that it’s either hidden really, really well or somehow baked into a different part of the code (ie spawning order of the teams).