Free DLC slated to launch for Arma 3 later this year will allow players to control the circumstances and flow of online multiplayer battles, developer Bohemia Interactive announced today.
Arma 3 Zeus is the first piece of DLC — aside from the game's main campaign — for Bohemia's open-world tactical shooter. Zeus is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2014 and will allow players to curate their multiplayer experience, giving a limited number of players a god-like role in controlling the action.
Bohemia noted in a press statement that the inspiration for Zeus stems from classic tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, in which one player orchestrates the action in the role of "game master." Zeus players will observe battles from above and utilize a real-time scenario editor to stir up action and issue challenges.
Zeus can be used with all multiplayer game types, including Team Deathamtch and Sector Control, as well as a new Zeus Game Master mode coming with the DLC. In Zeus Game Master mode, Zeus players have full reign over the game and can create objects and missions at will. Zeus can also be used in all player-created multiplayer scenarios.
"The best thing about Arma 3 Zeus is how naturally it fits within the game," Zeus design lead Karel Moricky said in a press statement. "Dynamic combat, massive islands, and editing features — it was all there. But now we've added an interface which gives players full control over the multiplayer experience. The Zeus system is pretty modular too, so community creators can easily use it in their missions. Or take it apart and turn into something completely different. There are no rules, only those you make yourself."
Bohemia Interactive will host a livestream featuring Zeus and Moricky, as well as creative director Jay Crowe, this Saturday, Feb. 15 at noon ET on the studio's Twitch channel.