BF2 Coordinates

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Battlefield 2 uses basic a basic 3-dimensional coordinate system to specify the position and orientation of objects within the game world.

Note that only objects of the PhysicalObject class and classes that inherit from it (SoldierObject, ControlPointObject, and so on) that "exist" in the game world and posssess positons and orientations. So, for example, instances of bf2.PlayerManager.Player do not have positions or orientations.

So, to retrieve position and orientation for a vehicle (say, an Abrams tank), representated by the VehicleObject tank:

 position = tank.getPosition()
 rotation = tank.getRotation()

On the other hand, to get the position and orientation of a player, representated by the bf2.PlayerManager.Player object andreas:

 andreasSoldier = andreas.getVehicle()   # Get the SoldierObject containing andreas
 position = andreasSoldier.getPosition()
 rotation = andreasSoldier.getRotation()


Coordinates are specified by a three-element tuple, (X, Y, Z). For example:

 (-160.95599365234375, 162.54800415039062, -266.01699829101562)

Within .con files these coordinates are written with slashes: "X/Y/Z".

These coordinates spell out a position along three axes:

  • The X value tells how far east or west an object is; moving further east causes X to increase, moving further west causes it to decrease.
  • The Y value tells your altitude; as you go higher, Y increases.
  • The Z value tells how far north or south an object is; moving further north causes Z to increase, moving further south causes it to decrease.

In all BF2 maps the origin of the coordinate system (0, 0) is at the point in the very center of the map. Each unit in the coordinate system equals approximately 1 meter in the game world. Therefore, the example coordinate listed above will be a point 160.96 meters east and 266.02 meters south of map center, at an altitude of 162.55 meters. Note, however, that this is an "absolute" altitude; the altitude relative to the ground will depend on how high the surface of the ground is at that point; "sea level" varies quite a bit from map to map.

There are two sizes of map included with the basic Battlefield 2 game; the size of map may be determined by using the bf2.gameLogic.getWorldSize() method. This method returns a two-element tuple that gives the number of meters E/W and N/S along the edges of the map. All maps except Strike at Karkand return (2048, 2048), indicating the maps cover 4 square kilometers (2048x2048 meters), with coordinates running from -1024 to +1024 along each dimension. Strike at Karkand is the only map of a different size, and returns (1024, 1024), indicating a map covering 1 square kilometer, with coordinates running from -512 to +512 along each dimension. (bf2.gameLogic.getWorldSize() appears to get it's information from the heightmapcluster.setHeightmapSize parameter in the file Battlefield 2/mods/bf2/Levels/<name of map>/

The distance between any two points can easily be found by using the Pythagorean Theorem:

 import math
 def findDistance(point1, point2):
     '''Use Pythagorean Theorem to find distance between two sets of coordinates.
      With normal BF2 scaling, the resulting distance will be in meters.'''
     deltaX = math.fabs(point1[0] - point2[0])
     deltaY = math.fabs(point1[1] - point2[1])
     deltaZ = math.fabs(point1[2] - point2[2])
     distance = math.sqrt(deltaX * deltaX +
                          deltaY * deltaY +
                          deltaZ * deltaZ)
     return distance


Rotational orientation (attitude) is specified by another three-element tuple, (A, P, R). For example:

 (166.29025268554687, 0.0, 0.0)

Within .con files, these angles are written with slashes: "A/P/R".

  • A ("azimuth", also known as "yaw") gives rotation from due north going clockwise (if A is positive) or counter-clockwise (if A is negative), (or, the amount our viewpoint is rotated around a vertical axis passing through our viewpoint) measured in degrees:
    • A=0 means due north
    • A=90 means due east
    • A=180 means due south
    • A=270 means due west
  • P ("pitch") tells how much we're tilting down compared to horizontal, (or, the amount tilted up or down along the axis passing through our viewpoint from left to right) measured in degrees:
    • P=0 means horizontal
    • P=45 means tilting down halfway between horizontal and vertical
    • P=90 means looking straight down
    • P=-45 means tilting up halfway between horizonal and vertical
    • P=-90 means looking straight up
  • R ("roll") gives the amount the viewpoint has rolled around an axis passing from the back of our viewpoint through the front of the viewpoint, measured in degrees:
    • R=0 means no roll
    • R=45 means viewpoint is rolled counter-clockwise by 45 degrees
    • R=-45 means viewpoint is rolled clockwise by 45 degrees

If all these numbers are making your head spin, try this diagram:


Note: The pitch and roll rotational coordinates apply to aircraft and cameras in BF2, but do not apply to players or vehicles on the ground. Ground players and vehicles always show P and R to be "0", regardless of their actual attitude (a soldier looking straight up in the air will still have a P value of "0", for example).