Thanks for the suggestion of placing mods in the “patch_ae2” directory. Works far better than simply overwriting original files. I did manage to figure out a solution to my previous dilemma. It turns out that USFIV doesn’t like .emz files. You have to dump the raw .emm and .emb from them using piecemonteeSF4explorerV0.37b. This may be an older version- I haven’t checked to see if it was updated. But my files/casual sakura works now!
If you can do some basic programming all you need to do to get it off the ground is rename and swap files (and make temp backups of course). That project is a good intro to the file structure and programming
I fully realize that’s probably not your intent, but it’s something that should be cautioned against releasing a blind random swapper into the wild.
I’m not sure how dlc works in this game, is it like vanilla where it’s downloaded for everyone and then unlocked some other way, or is it only downloaded if paid for? any way to check?
While not as cool, it’s definitely legal to limit it to only default costumes, all colors, and any mods sitting in the patch directories.
Yeah, I hear you. Obviously not trying get into any legal troubles.
I guess in my head the mod would simply cycle through default costumes, purchased/unlocked costumes and modded costumes, and a random color. Perhaps like you said, it only searches through default and patch directories and leaves the dlc directories alone. And anyone who wants to include their dlc costumes into the random costume selection process can copy them to said patch directory?
I know I said “simply”, ha, but I imagine this will require some sort of script.
Maybe an alternate solution would be just to create a totally separate folder for the script to read from, with the same character file structure, but all the files are empty. And if anyone want to add costumes to it for the cpu opponent to select from during arcade mode, they can add the costumes into that folder manually. If all the folders are empty, then the cpu selects the default costume with a random color. Seems like the easiest solution.
Btw, I’m not sure what the file structure is for the Upgraded Version of Ultra in regards to dlc, I purchased the Full Retail version of Ultra with all of the costumes unlocked.