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Platform Win Publisher Bohemia Interactive Developer Bohemia Interactive Release Date 2013-09-12

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Arma 3 review: SNAFU

Without a plot, Arma 3's speculative future is reduced to graphical pastiche The focal point of Arma 3 is the infantryman. You get the feeling that you are a cog in a massive military machine. Armor rolls in behind you to support the assault, helicopters scream by with cannon blazing to keep the enemy’s head down. It is a game about visibility, finding your target and fixing them in place while teammates move in for the kill. You will spend as much time looking at a map as you will firing at enemies you can barely see. But Arma 3 goes a step farther and allows for you to take every role on the battlefield. You can be the tanker on the front line, the helicopter pilot ferrying ammunition and men, or the mortar team dropping rounds on a target from a kilometer away. You can...

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Arma 3's game master Zeus DLC is now available

Arma 3's Zeus DLC, which sets players in the role of game master and allows them to control and change the conditions of online multiplayer combat, is now available, developer Bohemia Interactive announced. Players will own Arma 3 will find the DLC automatically added to their Steam Library. The free DLC, announced two months ago, gives players the opportunity to curate battles on the fly. In Zeus mode, players will view the battlefield from above, create new scenarios – such as adding in weather or new music — and alter other conditions between players in real-time. Zeus includes its own Game Master mode, but is also playable with other Arma 3 modes, including Coop, Team Death Match, Sector Control and player-created scenarios. Bohemia will host an Arma 3 Zeus livestream this...

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GameSpy Technology shutting down May 31 (update)

GameSpy Technology, the Glu Mobile-owned service that provides multiplayer functionality for dozens of games on consoles, computers and mobile devices, will shut down as of May 31, according to the company's website. "Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosting services for all games still using GameSpy," the statement reads. "Thanks for a great ride!" The company had already stopped licensing out its services to publishers as of Jan. 1, 2013. GameSpy Technology has existed in some form since 1997, when it debuted as a listing service for Quake server IP addresses. It is a separate entity from the gaming site GameSpy, which was shut down by its parent company, Ziff Davis, in February 2013. The service offers features such as multiplayer matchmaking, leaderboards...

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Arma 3's latest community guide explores guerrilla warfare tactics

The latest episode of Bohemia Interactive's Community Guide video series for Arma 3 breaks down guerrilla warfare, a set of tactics that will greatly benefit players in the game's single-player campaign, according to community member Andrew Gluck. Gluck, also known as "Dslyecxi," is from the ShackTactical Arma 3 community group and has been providing players with explanatory videos for the title over the past few weeks. In the video above, Gluck runs down basic guerrilla combat plans. Guerrilla warfare utilizes a smaller and less heavily-armored force to take on a large military presence. Gluck's video addresses this imbalance in equipment and details hit-and-run tactics, as well as how and when players should withdraw under duress. Previous episodes in the Community Guide series...

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Bohemia attempted to port Arma 2 to Xbox 360, post-Arma 3 project will 'likely' be multiplatform

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'...

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Arma 3's final campaign episode, Win, coming March 20

The final episode in Arma 3's "The East Wind" campaign, Win, will be released for Windows PC March 20, developer Bohemia Interactive announced today. Win will complete the story of Ben Kerry, an infantry soldier stationed in the Republic of Altis and Stratis. Win picks up as NATO forces in the Mediterranean are "on the brink of all-out war with the AAF and their strategic partners, CSAT." In addition to story content, the episode will also add three new vehicles: the A-164 Wipeout aircraft, the To-199 Neophron aircraft and the Tempest transport truck. Players will also gain access to the "'Fixed-Wing' Showcase" mission. The episode will be available as an automatic update on Steam. Bohemia Interactive split the campaign into three episodes — Survive, Adapt and Win — to be released as...

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Arma 3 video offers more than an hour of Zeus gameplay

A new video from the Arma 3 official YouTube account features more than an hour of gameplay from the game's recently revealed downloadable content, Zeus. Zeus, Arma 3's first piece of DLC not included in the game's main campaign, was announced last week. Players can control scenarios in real-time, explore unscripted events and more. In the video above, the developers briefly explain the role of the game's master — who will direct the mission "on the fly" — and demonstrate how missions will work. You can watch the video above for a look at the new content. Zeus is expected to launch in the second quarter of this year. The multiplayer DLC will be available for free.

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Become an Arma 3 game master later this year with Zeus DLC

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...

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Arma 3's campaign continues today with Adapt

The campaign for Bohemia Interactive's military shooter Arma 3 expanded today with the release of its second episode, Adapt. Adapt will pit players against stronger enemies on the island of Atlis, where they'll take on the role of Ben Kerry, a soldier trapped on the island. "Episode One helped players get to grips with the basic skills needed to survive," creative director Jay Crowe said. "Episode Two introduces a whole new set of challenges, giving players more freedom and responsibility in the wide, open terrain of Altis." The first episode in the three-part episodic campaign, Survive, was released last October. The final episode, Win, is scheduled for a March 2014 release. You can check out a trailer for Adapt above, a gallery below and learn more about the game in Polygon's Arma...

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Bohemia Interactive wants you to make Arma, not war, for €500K

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has €500,000 (about $683,000) set aside for modders who participate in its Make Arma Not War contest. Prizes ranging from €20,000 to €200,000 will be available across four categories: Total Modification, Single-player Game Mode, Multiplayer Game Mode and Add-on. "Building upon the Arma series' strong heritage in modding, we're challenging people to deliver their best work yet," the contest's official site explains. "With cash prizes ranging from €20,000 to €200,000, spread across four different categories, this is your opportunity to move onto the radar of hundreds of thousands of Arma 3 players. And even when you're not competing, you can still participate by helping contestants, supporting projects, and boosting morale. "Make Arma Not War —...

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Arma 3's second campaign content arrives in December and January

Adapt, the second installment in Arma 3's episodic single-player campaign, will be released Jan. 21, 2014, developer Bohemia Interactive announced today. Arma 3's first campaign episode, Survive, was released Oct. 31, and Adapt will pick up where the military shooter's story left off. "While the first part of the campaign focused on the basics of infantry combat, this second Adapt episode plays with the other cool features of Arma 3's sandbox," said playable content lead Jaroslav Kasny. "Players will find more open and unorthodox scenarios, and with the help of guerrilla warfare, set out to defeat a much stronger enemy." Bohemia will revealed the episode's free "sandbox content" Dec. 11, which will include three vehicles, a helicopter, tank and more. For more on the game as it was...

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  • Windows
    • Released 09/12/2013
    • Publisher Bohemia Interactive
    • Developer Bohemia Interactive
    • Score 6.5
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