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Arma 3 Apex preview is live now, final release date announced

It's going to be a long, hot summer on Tanoa

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Czech developer Bohemia Interactive was on hand at the PC Gaming Show to preview the next big piece of downloadable content for Arma 3, called Apex, which will launch for Windows PC on July 11.

A press release issued during the show says that the new content, including parts of the 100 square kilometer Tanoa island are live now.

From Bohemia Interactive:

Everyone who pre-ordered Arma 3 Apex has Sneak Preview Access to all of the expansion’s content, except for the co-op campaign. To install the Apex Sneak Preview build, you simply need to right-click on Arma 3 in your Steam Library, go to "Properties," visit the "BETAS" tab, and use the drop-down menu to select and install the Apex Sneak Preview build. This build represents a work-in-progress version and is not yet fully representative of the final Arma 3 Apex release.

BI's Jay Crow took the stage with a special preview of the Apex cooperative campaign. The demo showed off a four-man infantry squad, armored with full-face ballistic helmets and supported by a massive vertical take-off and landing-capable gunship. He also let slip that the Blackfish, one of two new VTOL vehicles launching with the game, will be able to carry other vehicles internally to the front lines.

Apex will open a special beta program later this month, giving the community access to some of the new assets dropping with the final version of the DLC.