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  ... and the winners in the Make Arma Not War contest are ... Official    

Today, Korneel van 't Land has informed us that Bohemia Interactive has announced the winners in the Make Arma Not War contest.


Bohemia Interactive, creators of the Arma series and the standalone version of DayZ, today announce the winners in the €500,000 Make Arma Not War content creation contest for Arma 3.

In the Make Arma Not War contest, Arma 3 content creators were invited to compete in four different categories: Total Modification, Singleplayer Game Mode, Multiplayer Game Mode, and Addon.

The winners, per category, are:

Singleplayer Game Mode
1st place (€50,000) – RESIST by Kydoimos
2nd place (€30,000) – Pilgrimage by Rydygier
3rd place (€20,000) – Deliverance by Sarge Studio

Multiplayer Game Mode
1st place (€50,000) – King Of The Hill by Sa-Matra
2nd place (€30,000) – Battle Royale: Ghost Hotel by PLAYERUNKNOWN
3rd place (shared) (€10,000) – Get Wrecked* by Sli
3rd place (shared) (€10,000) – Twilight Onslaught* by Dorian23Grey
*These entries received an equal amount of points from the Make Arma Not War jury.

Addon
1st place (€50,000) – Task Force Arrowhead Radio by Nkey
2nd place (€30,000) – Bornholm by Egil Sandfeld
3rd place (€20,000) – F/A-18X Black Wasp by Saul


Total Modification
Winner (€200,000) – RHS: Escalation by Red Hammer Studios

As part of a unique collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Bohemia Interactive also instituted the Health Care in Danger Special Award. Given to the entry which covers the topic of health care in danger the best, the winner of this award will go on a one-week trip to an ICRC mission in a foreign country, organized by the ICRC.

The winner is:

Health Care In Danger Special Award
Winner (one-week trip to an ICRC mission) – Pilot Civilian Air Rescue On Missions by RobJ2210

In celebration of the winners, Bohemia Interactive will be hosting a special livestream tomorrow, Friday March 27th, at 16:00 UTC. Live from the Bohemia Interactive offices in Prague, Associate Producer Matt Lightfoot and other members of the Make Arma Not War team will be playing some of the winning entries. The session will be broadcasted from the official Arma 3 channel on Twitch.tv.

Bohemia Interactive’s CEO, Marek Spanel, said:
“On behalf of everyone here at Bohemia, I’d like to congratulate the winners, and thank all of the contestants, supporters, and judges for their enthusiasm and hard work. As developer of the Arma series, it’s very inspiring to see content creators bring such varied, creative, high-quality additions to the Arma 3 platform, as well as the passionate embrace of their efforts by the Arma community. The Make Arma Not War contest is an important first step in the promoting and rewarding of content creators, and we look forward to building upon this commitment in the upcoming year.”

In order to better facilitate player-created content, Arma 3 features Steam Workshop integration, which enables people to easily share and install custom scenarios and addons. Bohemia Interactive plans to expand Arma 3’s Steam Workshop implementation to support full mods, total conversions and much larger file sizes in the near future. In addition, the studio is pursuing other opportunities that might help player-created content flourish, such as a potential Steam Workshop marketplace where Arma 3 content creators could sell their work. More specific details will be shared in a future devblog.

More information about the Make Arma Not War contest and the winning entries can be found on www.makearma.com/winners.




  March 26th, 2015 - 15:35 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00099 Official    

On March 24, 2015, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00099 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Marksmen Release Date & Dev Diary, Extended Edition, Default Launcher, Workshop Transition
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - the date to mark in your calendars for the release of Arma 3 Marksmen DLC and its 1.42 platform update! That leaves us with a little over two weeks to disassemble the new weapons, inspect the parts, do a good cleaning, and polish them up for widespread use. To achieve this, we've upgraded our development Data Lock to strict. Cue the sound of some 60 developers crying. Where the packing of game data had already been restricted, they now have to request permission to do any work on the game. That may sound crazy, but it helps us greatly in this final stages. The smallest and innocent-looking change can make seemingly unrelated systems implode. This tool allows us to carefully track changes, quickly address issues and focus on the things that matter. Our next goal is to stage the entire Marksmen package onto , meaning we'll add the playable content.

Did you see the first of our two-part Marksmen Dev Diary? We're very happy with how it turned out. Sit back and let Jay Crowe, Petr Kolář and yours truly tell you more about the weapons and platform features. Get a glimpse of our team members and the offices they work in, as well as a recent audio recording trip to a local shooting range. You were right to comment that this footage does not actually show the full-team shooting event we discuss in the video; these were members from our audio team buffing their sample libraries more recently!

INTELLIGENCE

On Thursday we are going to perform a large-scale test of Arma 3's Launcher. This tool has improved massively since it was first introduced and we feel it's ready to be used by everyone. To confirm that, we'll be making the launcher the default Steam launch option for Arma 3. This means you'll no longer see that little pop-up asking you to start the game normally or start it in windowed mode. Instead, you'll see the Launcher and so the amount of clicks to start the game remains the same. There are, however, many useful things you can do with the Launcher. Further improvements on the horizon will make it yet more powerful. Should we see the Launcher (still) causing compatibility issues for a significant group of users, we reserve the option to change things back. These changes do not require any game updates.

Things are getting very exciting for the Make Arma Not War finalists. The jury has submitted its votes, and we'll be unveiling the winners of every category this Thursday.

This also is great week to get your friends to join you in Arma 3! All of the editions of the game are on sale with a massive 50% discount! That includes a new Arma 3 Extended Edition, which consists of the Digital Deluxe Edition and the DLC Bundle. Yes, that does include the Marksmen DLC, which will be available for separate purchase starting April 8.

Our latest weekly photo depicts the premiere gig of the Bohemia Band. Audio Lead Jan Dušek invited several in-team musicians to his studio to record a unique version of the Marksmen theme music. Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes video of this jamming session!

OPERATIONS

Iterations of "End Game" multiplayer keep rolling in, and the mode is being eagerly tested every day. A recent big addition is the scripted prototype of the Revive mechanic. Senior Designer Thomas Ryan has been working on this system for a while as a way of rewarding team work. The mechanic is only deployed in "End Game", but will be available to community designers for their own scenarios. Just like the other two experimental multiplayer systems (Shared Objectives and Dynamic Groups), we consider this an early, but functional, implementation of something we'd like to explore more in the future.

Progress in another area is described to us by Designer Ondřej Kužel. He clarifies the recent enabling of Artificial Intelligence unit suppression and its parameters. It's still possible to tweak the configuration and balance how much the AI should react to incoming fire. Give it a try on and feel free to share your feedback.

LOGISTICS

We are ready to begin rolling out support for the new version of Steam Workshop in update 1.42. This is the version that supports multiple files per item and no longer has file-size restrictions, so it's a huge improvement! Including addon signatures will be possible, as well as big mods consisting of many separate addons. It does also mean this is no trivial change in the way data is processed and stored. We've worked together with Valve to make sure items currently on Workshop will continue to work, even without re-publishing them. It is however possible that errors occur during the transition, but they should be temporary.

What are our planned steps for this transition?

  • Today we've switched the Workshop to the new version in Steam's back-end. This should not change anything yet for you.
  • Soon we'll stage the updated Launcher to Dev-Branch, with support for the new Workshop. There would still not be visible changes, as all items on the Workshop were published in the old format. This Launcher version is capable of reading both the old and the new format however.
  • Finally, we'll release the new Publisher. This is when items will start to be published using the new format.

Administrators will find a new Frequently Asked Questions section on the Arma 3 server monetization website. It seeks to answer the questions we've collected from various channels since launching this year-long trial.



  March 25th, 2015 - 08:31 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 3 - Marksmen DLC Developer Diary : Part 1 Videos    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us about Arma 3 - Marksmen DLC Developer Diary: Weapons & Platform Features video release

To provide a more in-depth perspective on development, Bohemia Interactive today released the first of a two-part series of developer diaries about the upcoming Arma 3 Marksmen DLC.

Exploring the new weapons and supporting platform features, in the video. Arma 3's Creative Director Jay Crowe, Project Lead Joris-Jan van ’t Land, and Encoding Lead Petr Kolar discuss the vision behind the Marksmen DLC, its development process, and the contribution it makes to the Arma 3 sandbox.

In the next developer diary, members of the Arma 3 development team will discuss the new End Game multiplayer mode, showcase scenarios, firing drills, training courses, as well as the Virtual Garage feature, which will all be shipped alongside the Marksmen DLC.



The Arma 3 Marksmen DLC consists of seven new weapons, two scopes, remote designators, ghillie suits, firing drills, and the Marksmen showcase scenario. The DLC will be accompanied by a major platform update, which will be free for all people who own Arma 3. The supporting update will introduce weapon resting and deployment, improved recoil simulation, improved AI suppression, various sound enhancements, a new multiplayer mode and showcase scenario, suppressor and bipod weapon attachments, heavy and grenadier vests, nine additional face paints, and Virtual Garage. The Marksmen DLC, and the supporting platform update, will be released on April 8th 2015.

More information on the Marksmen DLC, and supporting platform update, can be found here. A more in-depth explanation of Bohemia Interactive’s approach to DLC for Arma 3, and how it prevents a split in the game’s multiplayer community between those who own DLC and those who do not, is available in a previously released dev blog.

The Arma 3 Marksmen DLC will be available from April 8th for 12.99 EUR/10.99 GBP/15.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. People can already purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which includes the Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Helicopters, and the upcoming Marksmen DLC, for 19.99 EUR/16.99 GBP/24.99 USD - saving them more than 25% over buying the DLC packs separately.

Those who are completely new to Arma 3, but are looking for the complete experience, can now seize a massive discount of 50% on the Arma 3 Extended Edition at Bohemia Interactive’s official store. The Extended Edition includes the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition and the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which already saves people 9.99 EUR/11.99 GBP/14.99 USD over buying the vanilla game and DLC bundle separately. The special offer runs from March 23rd until March 29th.

To enlist for regular Arma 3 service, people can purchase the standard edition of Arma 3, or the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition, from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. Both editions will be available for purchase with a 50% discount later today until March 29th.

For more information about Arma 3, please visit www.arma3.com and/or follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


  March 23rd, 2015 - 18:02 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 3 Marksmen DLC available on April 8th Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us about Arma 3 Marksmen DLC release date.

Arma 3 Marksmen DLC available on April 8th
Fire seven brand new weapons, supported by new content and features
Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday March 19th 2015

Bohemia Interactive today announced the official release date for the upcoming Arma 3 downloadable content pack, Arma 3 Marksmen. Flexing its guns on April 8th, the Marksmen DLC looks to build upon Arma 3‘s infantry experience by adding new premium weapons, attachments, and gear. Alongside the new DLC, Bohemia Interactive will also release a major platform update, which implements a new multiplayer mode, training courses and showcase scenario, plus several much-anticipated platform features related to weapon handling (#bipods) and sound.




Serving as the backbone of the Marksmen DLC are the seven new weapons. Among these are five marksman rifles, namely the Cyrus 9.3 mm, MAR-10 .338, Mk-I EMR 7.62 mm, Mk14 7.62 mm, and ASP-1 Kir. The other two weapons are the SPMG .338 and Navid 9.3 mm medium machine guns. The weapons will be complemented by the AMS and Kahlia medium range scopes. There will also be new ghillie suits for the NATO, CSAT, and AAF factions to provide camouflage for various terrain types. Furthermore, the Marksmen DLC will add two Remote Designators, which can be used to spot and laser designate targets from afar. Those who want to hone their shooting skills can pay a visit to the shooting range for brand new firing drills, or go on a reconnaissance mission in the Marksmen showcase scenario.


Overall, the Marksmen DLC aims to redefine what it means to fire a weapon in Arma 3. This idea will be reinforced by a major upcoming platform update, that will be released alongside the Marksmen DLC, and will be free to everyone who owns Arma 3. Besides new playable content and major upgrades to weapon handling, this update will include suppressor and bipod weapon attachments, as well as nine new types of face paint, and three new heavy and grenadier vests designed specifically for improved explosive shielding and ballistic protection.

In terms of playable content, the aforementioned platform update will deliver a brand new multiplayer mode called End Game. Here, two teams compete to locate and secure valuable schematics. On top of this new multiplayer mode, the update will also include the Firing From Vehicles showcase scenario, as well as new VR training courses, objects for content creators, and a brand new set of Steam achievements.

With regards to platform features, the upcoming Arma 3 update will introduce weapon resting and weapon deployment - which have been on the list of most requested features by the Arma 3 community. Weapon resting means that players will benefit from an accuracy bonus whenever they are near a stable surface, while weapon deployment will enable players to use bipods for a more steady shot. Together with improvements made to the simulation of recoil, and improvements to enemy AI suppression, this should provide a more tactical, intuitive, and rich experience to the players of Arma 3. Finally, the new platform update will make significant upgrades to sound by adding more sound samples and new sound technology. These improvements should enhance the immersion and contribute to gameplay by providing players with a better situational awareness.




To round out the Marksmen DLC package and the supporting platform update, Bohemia Interactive will be expanding Arma 3’s existing Virtual Arsenal feature with Virtual Garage. This means players will not only be able to preview soldiers, weapons, and gear, and create custom loadouts for their characters, but also examine and customize the extensive collection of vehicles in Arma 3. In addition, the new update will open up Virtual Arsenal so that people will be able to try out all of Arma 3’s premium weapons, vehicles, and other DLC content, without restrictions - even if they do not own the DLC. A more in-depth explanation of Bohemia Interactive’s approach to DLC for Arma 3, and how it prevents a split in the game’s multiplayer community between those who own DLC and those who do not, can be found in the studio's previously released blog.

The Arma 3 Marksmen DLC will be available from April 8th for 12.99 EUR/10.99 GBP/15.99 USD on Steam and Store.bistudio.com. People can already purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which includes the Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Helicopters, and the upcoming Marksmen DLC, for 19.99 EUR/16.99 GBP/24.99 USD - saving them more than 25% over buying the DLC packs separately.

To enlist for regular Arma 3 service, people can purchase the standard edition of Arma 3 (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) and the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (49.99 EUR/42.99 GBP/64.99 USD) from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. A boxed version of Arma 3 is sold at many of the major high-street retailers. For more information about Arma 3, please visit www.arma3.com and/or follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


  March 20th, 2015 - 10:40 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00098 Official    

On March 17, 2015, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00098 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Weapon Deployment Dev-Branched, Remote Designators, Collimator Tech, Stance Adjust Bindings
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

After a Herculean effort by Task Force Bipods, we flipped the switch on Weapon Deployment for Dev-Branch late last week. We should make it clear that we intentionally released the feature in a fairly rough state. There were and still are quite a few things we need to address before update 1.42 is rolled out. We felt however, that the extra time in your hands may let us iterate quicker, and prioritize better. Major tasks still in progress are: replacing of placeholder animation sets for various deployment heights, a more distinct difference between deploying with and without bipods, and simply getting stuck or glitching in certain areas. Taking that into consideration, we hope you enjoy this huge game-changer and leave any feedback you have in this forums thread.

All of us felt very proud after watching this Marksmen DLC preview trailer created by BlackPixxelDE. It shows in great detail which weapons and other bits of content will be part of the package. Fantastic job!

INTELLIGENCE

For past week's random photo, we were able to extract a smile from Vojtěch "Iceman" Kovařič. As QA Developer, he is someone many of you have interacted with on the Feedback Tracker for example. His focus has been to filter and prioritize your feedback for the development team, and to try to get as much as possible fixed for main branch releases. More recently, he has also been part of evaluating new playable content, such as the "End Game" multiplayer mode that will be released alongside Marksmen DLC. You can still help us test this mode on various official and unofficial servers. Check out the change log to see how it was recently updated.

Did you spot the two new Remote Designators we've included with Marksmen DLC yet? NATO and CSAT both get their own small and deployable scout turrets. They can be remotely-operated after deploying them in a hidden overwatch position, and also provide laser designation to Forward Observers.

Bouncer Extraordinaire, Petr Kolář, was interrogated by our friends over at Arma France. While they tried to secure Intel on the Expansion, it's still a little too early for details. Do take the time to read through Petr's answers though; plenty of interesting info about this essential team member, the evolution of Arma 3 and the development of Marksmen DLC.

OPERATIONS

Lead Sandbox Designer, Lukáš Haládik, took a plunge in Marksmen DLC's armory in the latest OPerations REPort. He even managed to educate some of our own team's members on how we arrived at the 7 weapons in the package. Join Lukáš for an overview of the planning stages, conceptualization and read about one weapon's evolution in particular. Then see what sets the weapons apart by peering over some unique characteristics. The report concludes with a discussion of two features we investigated, but were unable to deliver. We hope you'll enjoy this look behind-the-scenes!

In an attempt to fix long-lasting graphics glitches on various weapon optics, our programmers have introduced new technology for collimators. Besides fixing the glitches, it also enhances the parallax effect on certain weapon sights. Check out this video for a good impression. Documentation for modders will be supplied once we're satisfied that the new binarization (required) works in all circumstances, and can be included into Arma 3 Tools. And while we have you on the topic of weapon enhancements, we're also quite pleased with the new particle effects for ejected machine gun belt links.

LOGISTICS

Sadly, an error related to adjusted stance key bindings has snuck into update 1.40. We had separated the single control for adjusting your stance (LCtrl in Arma 3's preset) into 4 separate controls. The new controls allow greater flexibility in configuring your stance adjustments up, down, left and right. The defaults should all remain the same (LCtrl + W A S D). During final preparation of 1.40, the engine and data parts of this change were incorrectly distributed. This resulted in the old single control being removed, but the new controls not being added. Until we fix this in 1.42, you can manually implement a work-around (or use Dev-Branch). In your Arma3Profile file, find the keyAdjust entry or add a new one : keyAdjust[]={29}; This will reset it to LCtrl, but you can find other key codes here.

In the first few days of staging Marksmen DLC assets to Dev-Branch, legitimate owners of the DLC (because of owning the DLC Bundle or a Supporter Edition) were not able to access all the content without restrictions. This should now be solved for everyone. A similar situation presented itself for Helicopters DLC, though it took longer to resolve that time. It is still connected to limited support to pre-release DLC on Steam. It will not be possible to buy the DLC separately from the bundle until its full release.

Julien Vida has been working on a new approach to set up existing customization options for vehicles. VhC replaces the previous scripted solutions in favor for a more reliable config approach. This also allowed for customization to be demonstrated much better in VR Arsenal's Garage. Examples can be found in the recent version of Arma 3 Tools' development branch.


  March 17th, 2015 - 16:37 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  OPREP - MARKSMEN WEAPONS Official    


@Arma3official tweeted: OPREP: Marksmen Weapons / FROM: @Ghostonex, Design Lead / TO: #Arma3 Dev-Branch Users /‏

OPREP - Marksmen Weapons reported by Lukáš Haládik on the Arma3 official site.

Extract ...

BULLETPROOF PLAN

When thinking about weapons you need to consider how they behave, and that's why we threw ourselves deep into the pit of Weapon Handling. That has several layers, consisting of Weapon Recoil, Weapon Inertia, Weapon Sway and Fatigue, all of which can greatly influence gameplay. To counter-balance this, we've taken it a step further: in Marksmen DLC, we will introduce new mechanics known as Weapon Resting and Weapon Deployment. Each has a significant impact upon the way you play or behave on the battlefield.

We selected weapons that could best demonstrate and take advantage of these features. We started with the idea of a marksman as a team member, not a 'lone wolf'. This was a difficult choice, especially with players' expectations in mind. This is why we've tried to explain the difference between a marksmen and a sniper. Of course, we known that this is not an easy task and even the explanations and opinions differ. Nevertheless we made the choice, and we are happy with it.

The marksman is an incredibly lethal unit that can drastically decrease life expectancy on the battlefield. And what makes a marksman stronger than a high-powered weapon which can be deployed in a heartbeat? With this in mind, we looked at the relatively new concept of MMGs, and it instantly clicked for us. We started to imagine various interesting situations that could arise from heavy suppression in the game. For example, what if you have a marksman teamed up with a heavy gunner? Serious firepower that is. A heavy gunner in your team can compensate a great deal. Laying down suppressive fire from a deployed position with a high power scope; he's pretty much a marksman by himself. It also gelled well with our idea to put bipods into the game. And that's how the selection of weapons for Marksmen DLC all began.



  March 15th, 2015 - 01:03 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00097 Official    

On March 10, 2015, Joris-Jan van 't Land has reported a SITREP #00097 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Project Lead
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Marksmen Sandbox Dev-Branch, "End Game" Early Access, Livestream Recording
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION


Are you ready to begin test firing the new Marksmen DLC weapons? You better be, because they have just landed on Dev-Branch! The majority of Sandbox content is there, including 5 new rifles, 2 new medium machine guns, 2 new scopes, and some sneaky surprises. While we continue our finalization of these assets, we look forward to your thoughts. Community feedback has made all previous releases better, so let's do the same for this huge milestone. Similar to when we staged the Helicopters DLC sandbox, there are some caveats. The branch does not yet include most of the playable content (showcases, challenges, VR training, etc.). The DLC is also not officially released on Steam's store, so you cannot buy it yet. This time around owners of the DLC Bundle and Supporter Edition should already have unrestricted access however. Enjoy tinkering with your new toys!

The team has been gently slapped with two standard development locks as we progress through the schedule. We are now on Localization Lock, meaning the bulk of Marksmen DLC texts have been entered into our text database and sent for proofreading and translation. Authorized changes and additions are still possible based on testing, but our developers now live in constant fear of the wrath of the terrifying Lock Masters. The second lock is a soft Data Lock. This means that packing of data (anything that goes into a game addon file), is restricted and approved on a case-by-case basis. While horribly inefficient for developers, this slows down development deliberately to allow for quality control of the entire build. It's a proven method, and the team is used to dealing with it.

Yours truly is happy to be back after speaking at GDC 2015 and meeting up with our partners to align plans for Arma 3. Many kudos to Jay Crowe, Petr Kolář and the rest of the dev crew for keeping the show on the road and upsetting community translators left and right!

INTELLIGENCE

Last Saturday we streamed a first look at Marksmen content on our official Twitch channel. Orchestrated by Associate Producer Matt Lightfoot, a whole slew of devs took the stage to demo and discuss various features and assets. Enjoy detailed looks at the new weapons, scopes and ghillie suits while they are being used to show off Weapon Resting and Weapon Deployment. They go on explaining our improvements to the (combat) soundscape, but do also take a look at this video by Nullrick to hear what's being worked on. Next, there is a look at the new vehicle functionality in Virtual Reality Arsenal (a mode where you'll be able to try DLC premium content without restrictions). Things wrap up with an overview of several first prototypes of gameplay features that we're experimenting with in Marksmen's multiplayer mode. Oh, Mr. Creative Director: "stop!".

OPERATIONS

The playable content team is proud to be developing its Marksmen multiplayer mode in close cooperation with the community. Their project, codenamed "End Game", has been published to Dev-Branch already! There is a sizable Task Force attached to it, but we'd like to single out the main architect: Nelson Duarte. Nelson pitched the original concept to us after being asked to dream up MP content befitting the DLC's themes. The team-based mode is accompanied by three experimental gameplay features which try to support team play (Dynamic Groups, Shared Objectives and Revive). For Marksmen DLC these will be (scripted) features that we'll mainly utilize in this particular mode, but they will be accessible to community designers. Based on feedback and lots of hands-on playtime, we'll then see which of the features are useful or how we should change them for Expansion. Do please check out this excellent overview website! And of course switch to Dev-Branch, join the official server, and let us know what you think about this Early Access Alpha!

But that's not all of that's happening on Dev-Branch. Senior Programmer Jan Mareček has continued his battle with the inventory bohemiamoth and added support for on-ground interaction with weapon attachments. You can now grab a scope directly from a weapon that's lying on the ground for example. The reverse operation is not available, meaning that you cannot directly attach something to a weapon on the ground. Caused primarily by a technical reason, there is a justification in authenticity. You would not likely neatly screw a pair of bipods back onto a weapon you're leaving discarded on the ground. The Big One, Weapon Deployment, is being pushed on hard. The people involved are keen to get a first version in your hands as soon as possible, but a few more things need to be resolved.

LOGISTICS

There have also been less obvious changes and fixes on Dev-Branch, so let's highlight a few. Programming Lead Vojtěch Hladík has changed the AI to use the object draw distance instead of the regular draw distance. This may help with performance in high-intensity scenarios. It also means that cases where the AI could see you, but you could not see them, are now avoided. Don't worry, long-range technologies such as radar will still use their actual maximum distance for detection.

As mentioned in the livestream, the last work on AI Suppression (for Marksmen DLC), is about to be released on Dev-Branch. Now that AI can detect projectiles flying near them, and avoid crossing impact zones, they will also receive an accuracy penalty. When under fire, the AI's 'dynamic aiming error' is increased, making them less quick and accurate in their reaction.

Finally, a little ease-of-use improvement. Arma veterans know that markers placed in multiplayer are placed in the radio channel that you have currently selected and they are only visible there. So, if you placed a marker while in your group's radio channel, only your group could see the marker. This was very badly presented to players and many of you probably never knew about it. Now, you place markers in a channel that you select from the insert dialogue, independent from your radio channel.


  March 10th, 2015 - 23:21 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 3 Livestream - Marksmen DLC First Look Videos    

Over the course of an hour, Arma 3 developers demonstrate the seven new DLC weapons - alongside much anticipated new features, such as Virtual Garage, weapon resting and bipods, the improved simulation of recoil and suppression, and various enhancements to sound.



  March 10th, 2015 - 17:45 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00096 Official    

On March 4, 2015, Jay Crowe has reported a SITREP #00096 on the official Arma 3 web site.

FROM: Creative Director
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: 1.40 Release, Marksmen 'First Look' Livestream, Land 't Spam
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION

After a few additional rounds of feedback / iteration, Update 1.40 was deployed yesterday. With it, our players can enjoy a whole host of tweaks, fixes, and new features. The gargantuan SPOTREP has the complete run-down, and we detailed some of highlights (including splendid new weapon sounds, 'telescopic turrets', and vehicle passenger inertia) in last week's royal correspondence. But wait, there's more! Arma 3 Tools, too, have received some love. Tweaks for Terrain Builder and new samples are just the tip of the love-berg; swing on by the TECHREP for Julien 'chef amant de l'outil' Vida's full love-letter.

Meanwhile, on the Dev-Branch Front, players may have heard the distant rumblings of an audio feature offensive. As planned, a distance-based attenuation filter was rolled out. This means that distant sounds (e.g., a firefight half a klick away) are much more characteristic. As, uh, slightly-less-than-planned, the first wave of our 'Weapon Tails' feature made contact with the community. This week, we should see a more careful (and intentional) deployment. This development is part of a bigger package of audio features planned for Marksmen DLC. Although we're happy with the splendid progress thus far, it remains subject to additional tweaks, fixes and - in the worst case - postponement.

INTELLIGENCE

Progress, too, was made in the 'community challenge', which wrapped up yesterday. With it, our 7 new weapons were revealed: a mix of marksmen rifles and 2 new machine guns. Thanks to everyone for getting to grips with the Firing Drills challenge! Turning our attention to the weapons themselves, let's straighten out a couple of dropped balls (todo: rephrase mixed metaphors; or don't, I'm just a note, not a cop). First off, the 'ASP-1 Kir' is, in fact, a CSAT weapon; similarly, the 'Mk14' is a new addition for the FIA only. In addition, the Cyrus uses 9.3x64 mm rounds (i.e., not the calibre specified under the round itself). A similar glitch is found with CTRG's MAR-10, too. Apologies for the inaccuracies!

Then there's the question of 'why no bolt-action rifles?'. In short, we ran into some roadblocks related to, fundamentally, how we simulate weapons. We determined that the resources needed to change this were vastly disproportionate to the potential benefits. Instead, we chose to focus upon other features, which we feel can improve infantry combat more broadly. To see exactly what we mean by that - and to get a first look at some of the new content in action - tune into our official Twitch livestream. You can join a bunch of our team members on Saturday March 7th, starting at 17:00 UTC (the dress code is smart casual, but exceptions may be made for those with more lumbersensual sensibilities).

OPERATIONS

The bulk of this week's 'operations' are courtesy of our project-lead-in-exile. Prepare yourselves for Joris-Jan van 't Spam! Although he's attending GDC this week - part of an expert panel exploring the relationship between the laws of war and games - before jetting off, Our Dear Leader found the time to star in an upcoming development diary. And, if you missed it, check out his interview with pcper.com, which provides answers to variety of Arma 3 questions. We expect to welcome Joris back next week, when (to the great relief of our French community, who translate these reports) SITREPs will return to normal service.

Not one to be easily outdone, Lead Programmer, Ondřej Martinák, took the time to complete a 'Report In'. Aside from some shocking revelations (apparently programmers are not machines that transform coffee into code), he explains what it means to be a programmer on Arma 3, talks about some of the most significant challenges (#optimisation), and hints at what the Arma 3 Programming department will be working on in the upcoming year. Splendid stuff indeed.

LOGISTICS

Some interesting progress has been made on the NAT traversal front. In short, UPNP support for servers was enabled, which automatically creates port forwarding to bypass Network Address Translation (NAT) issues. This should help those behind a router with NAT who've been unable to create public servers following the GameSpy service shutdown. Documentation was updated across on our Community Wiki.

Speaking of documentation, our unsung programming heroes have struck again, this time expanding the compatibility of weapon magazines. This allows weapons to share various groups of magazines, rather than just listing them. For example, if someone creates a weapon with 9mm FMJ ammo and sets up the magazine group correctly, someone else could easily add magazines (with, say, 9mm HP), define it the same group, and the weapon would accept the new magazine.



  March 5th, 2015 - 06:37 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  Arma 3 Marksmen DLC Exclusive First Look Livestream Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us that an Arma 3 Marksmen DLC Exclusive First Look Livestream will be streamed to the official Arma 3 channel on Twitch.

This Saturday March 7th, starting at 17:00 UTC, Bohemia Interactive will be hosting an exclusive First Look Livestream for its upcoming Arma 3 Marksmen DLC.

Straight from Bohemia Interactive HQ in Prague, members of the Arma 3 development team will be showcasing the seven new DLC weapons - alongside much anticipated new features, such as Virtual Garage, weapon resting and bipods, the improved simulation of recoil and suppression, and various enhancements to sound. The session is expected to be about one and a half hour, and will be streamed to the official Arma 3 channel on Twitch.

After many months of hard work, we’re excited to finally present the upcoming Marksmen DLC to Arma 3 fans. There’s a lot to show. We have seven new weapons, new showcase scenarios, a feature called Virtual Garage, a brand new multiplayer mode – and not to forget, major free platform features, such as weapon resting and deployment, which have been on the community wishlist for a long time. We hope to see all of you joining us for the livestream this Saturday!”, said Matt Lightfoot, Associate Producer at Bohemia Interactive.




  March 4th, 2015 - 13:23 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

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