Bohemia Interactive attempted to port Arma 2 to Xbox 360 but "we couldn't get it right," project lead Joris-Jan van 't Land told Eurogamer, revealing that the studio's post-Arma 3 project is "much more likely to be multiplatform."
While van t' Land told Eurogamer that Bohemia does have PS4 and Xbox One dev kits, he reiterated Bohemia's stance against porting Arma 3 to consoles. Announcing Arma 3's Steam-exclusivity last February, the developer stated at the time that it wanted to avoid issues associated with developing a multiplatform game.
He added that while a console version of Arma 3 is "out of the scope," the studio's next project "is becoming much more likely to be multiplatform." The developer will begin pre-production on the next, undecided project in 2015, according van t' Land.
"We have the plans in place for that," he told Eurogamer. "Whatever is next [ie Arma 4], I don't think a lot will happen this year in terms of pre-production. But 2015 will be the year when we need to start thinking about what's next. We don't have concrete plans at the moment."
"I think it will be something in the franchise [the next game], but we're not sure what. And the company is growing, as you've seen — many new offices — so there are more resources as well to handle multiple [things]."
The developer revealed that the team will continue to support Arma 3 for the next two years. Within that period, according to Bohemia, the game will receive new terrain, including one that is "very different" to existing maps, along with possible new vehicles, weapons, mission types and multiplayer modes.
Arma 3's next piece of DLC, Zeus, will allow players to control scenarios in real-time, explore unscripted events and more. Zeus is expected to launch in the second quarter of this year for free.
At launch, the game included 12 single-player missions, nine multiplayer scenarios and three faction showcases, along with drill challenges. Bohemia split the campaign into three episodes — Survive, Adapt and Win — which were released as DLC post-launch. The final episode was released March 20.
For more on Arma 3, check out our review.
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