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  Bohemia Interactive unveils Arma 3 Jets DLC, free Malden DLC, and more Official    

Korneel van 't Land has informed us that Bohemia Interactive had published a new video to offer a special first look at the upcoming Jets DLC and to show their plans for Arma 3 in 2017.

Celebrating the major milestone of more than 3 million Arma 3 copies sold, Bohemia Interactive today published a new video to offer a special first look at the upcoming Jets DLC and to discuss their plans for Arma 3 in 2017 and beyond.

In the video, Creative Director Jay Crowe provides a quick retrospective of Arma 3’s journey so far, and scans the horizon for what is currently in development.

Jay Crowe:
"It's become something of a yearly tradition to share our plans for Arma 3 via a quick retrospective of progress, and a look ahead at the work in front of us. Although 2017’s no exception - it's once again our pleasure to present our development, with a particular focus on the upcoming Jets DLC - this year is extra special, as we celebrate passing the 3 million milestone for the Arma 3 playerbase."

  • Penciled in for May 2017, the Arma 3 Jets DLC introduces three new fighter jets, a new Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), a new Showcase scenario, Steam Achievements, and more. The Jets DLC will be accompanied by a free platform update introducing a sensor overhaul to enhance targeting, an improved fixed-wing damage model by extending the number of hitpoints and damage effects, dynamic vehicle loadouts, and various other jet-related improvements. Arma 3 Jets is the first Arma 3 DLC to be developed in partnership with a third-party external development team, BRAVO ZERO ONE Studios (which is led by Make Arma Not War winner Joshua "Saul" Carpenter).


  • To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Arma series, Bohemia Interactive will release the free Arma 3 Malden DLC on June 22nd 2017. This DLC includes a re-imagination of the classic Malden terrain featured in the very first Arma game. In addition, the studio will release a new (and free) cooperative multiplayer mode, named ‘Combat Patrol’. Here, players need to accomplish various objectives as part of an infantry team, and each playthrough will be different thanks to the mode’s heavily randomized nature.


  • While the exact theme of the Arma 3 "Orange" DLC (working title) (est. Q3 2017) will be announced at a later date, this upcoming new package will explore an interesting and unique perspective on the battlefield. The Arma 3 "Orange" DLC will include new vehicles, new clothing and gear, new decorative objects, a mini-campaign, Showcase and Challenge scenarios, and more. In terms of size, the "Orange DLC" stands somewhere in between the Arma 3 Karts and Arma 3 Helicopters/Marksmen/Jets/Tanks DLC.


  • The Arma 3 Tac-Ops DLC (est. Q4 2017) will deliver a set of ‘tactical operations’. These singleplayer scenarios will focus upon challenging, replayable, and authentic military gameplay - making the best use of Arma 3's sandbox terrain, vehicles, and weapons.


  • The Arma 3 Tanks DLC (est. Q1 2018) will build on the experience of armored combat in Arma 3 by delivering three new armored vehicles, new playable content, and more. The package will be accompanied by a free platform update, which will implement new features and improvements related to tracked and armored vehicles.

While the official release of the Arma 3 Jets DLC is scheduled for May 2017, Bohemia Interactive intends to make its contents available for public testing on Arma 3’s Dev-Branch in the next few weeks. To gain pre-release access, players should pre-order the Arma 3 Jets DLC on the Bohemia Store with a 10% pre-order discount (original price: € 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99).

Alternatively, those who are already certain they want to enlist for all planned upcoming DLC can purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle 2 on the Bohemia Store or Steam (€ 22.99 / $ 24.99 / £ 19.99), which saves more than 25% over purchasing the Jets (€ 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99), “Orange” (€ 6.99 / $ 7.99 / £ 5.99), Tac-Ops (€ 4.99 / $ 5.99 / £ 4.49), and Tanks DLC (€ 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99) separately.

For more information about Arma 3, please visit www.arma3.com. To keep track of all the latest news, also be sure to follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Steam.


Arma 3 - Scanning The Horizon




  March 22nd, 2017 - 17:50 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SPOTREP #00064 Official    

On March 16, 2017, Vojtěch Kovařič has reported a SPOTREP #00064 on the official Arma3 site.

FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch
ACTIVITY: Game Update 1.68 (64-bit Executables, Ambient Occlusion Overhaul, Maintenance)
SIZE: ~10.4 GB / ~1.3 GB (depends on Apex ownership)

NOTES

  • Consider using the Steam client option to verify the integrity of the local game cache to avoid corrupted data after downloading this update.
  • Consider defragmenting your HDD after downloading large updates.
  • Updating a deeply moddable game and its platform is not without risks. We use various methods to communicate upcoming changes to our awesome modding community, such as via the Dev Hub. We also co-operate directly on troubleshooting, and we offer an opportunity to test updates via our Release Candidate tests. Modders, server administrators and other members of the community do their best to prepare for updates and to address issues post-release as quickly as possible. Please be mindful of some interruptions (especially in the first hours / days after a release) while we all work to improve the game together.
  • A Legacy Build Steam branch is available for advanced users. It contains the previous significant main branch version (1.66). It can be used to compare specific changes between major releases. The access code for this branch is: Arma3Legacy166
  • This update does not apply to the experimental Linux and Mac port betas at time of writing. We hope to be updating those as soon as possible.
  • You can find the servers in the Steam library (switch the filter to "Tools") - "Arma 3 Server" (based on your OS, it will download the Windows or Linux version).
    • Administrators can also use the command-line SteamCMD utility. The app ID is to be 233780.
    • NVIDIA GameWorks™ Technology provided under license from NVIDIA Corporation. Copyright © 2002-2017 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA® and PhysX® are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and are used under license.

  • In case of problems, please check the Bohemia Interactive support F.A.Q., Arma 3 F.A.Q., BattlEye F.A.Q., or Launcher troubleshooting guide.
  • You can help us to further improve the game by posting your feedback on the Feedback Tracker.


Full Changelog on Arma3 site.


  March 17th, 2017 - 05:23 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  

  SITREP #00188 Official    

On March 8, 2017, Vojtěch Kovařič has reported a SITREP #00188 on the official Arma3 site.

FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: #Armachinima Awards Winners, Humble Bundle, Dev-Branch Additions<
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION


The development team is now in the final stages of preparing Update 1.68 for its release. At the moment, we're still polishing some things, and testing the update in a multiplayer environment. Aside from that, we're also investigating reports of crashes on 32-bit clients. Once we have all the last fixes ready and confirmed by our Quality Assurance department, we hope to release the update some time next week.

INTELLIGENCE


The #Armachinima Awards have concluded, and it's been a blast! After watching all of the videos from the top ten, members of the development team voted internally for their favorite video, and as a result, we announced the winners! Congratulations to KinglesPringles for taking the top spot with "BRASS". Spot-on, highly polished video editing, picture & music synchronization, great attention to detail: these are the attributes that made BRASS stand out. We'll be spotlighting more of the nominee entries in upcoming SITREPs.

Now that this contest has reached its finale, we would like to congratulate the winners yet again, and compliment all participants for their splendid work. Also, a big thanks goes out to everyone who showed their support by encouraging the creators and voting for their favorite entries. We are truly grateful and proud to see the determination, creativity, and comradery that drives the Arma community!



It is exactly four years now since Arma 3 was introduced to the Steam Early Access program with its Alpha release. To celebrate this remarkable anniversary, Project Lead Petr Kolář shares kind words to our players: "Fours years ago, Arma 3 went out in Public Alpha on the spearhead of Early Access (technically before the Early Access itself was introduced). The whole team was looking forward to the community reactions and got positively surprised - community members looking for the Supporters Edition of the game even managed to effectively 'DDoS' the Bohemia Store. The Arma 3 team was dedicated to deliver the best to you, the community, ever since. Meanwhile, we have managed to tackle many highly-requested features; and will continue to do so. Thank you for staying with us on the bumpy roads of Arma 3, time flies when you are having fun!"




The latest Dev Photo takes place in our Mike studio. One of Arma 3's military authenticity consultants Ash spent a week with us and shared his feedback and knowledge on all of the upcoming DLCs as well as Arma 3 in general. We've discussed potential improvements to some of our existing systems, feasibility of some proposals, and had a great time during internal multiplayer sessions. It was splendid, hope to see you again soon, Ash!




OPERATIONS


Several games from the Arma series are now temporarly available at a very low price as part of a recent Humble Bundle. Arma 3 is included! For only 15$, you can get Arma 3 and also the Karts DLC along with Arma 2 (and several expansions), Arma Tactics, and the good old classic Arma: Cold War Assault. What's even better: you can directly contribute to the American Red Cross and their charity activities. Grab your Bundle while you can, the offer won't last long. To all the new recruits to the Armaverse: welcome!



A few significant additions made their way to Dev-Branch over the past weeks. Let's take a look at some of these. First up, new dialog controls aim to improve the way information is displayed to the players in the UI by allowing for interactive tables and rows. Developed originally for the Project Argo Open Prototype by Senior Designer Vladimír Hynek and Programmer Rastislav Tisovčík, Arma 3 now also fully supports this technology and is made available in the recent Dev-Branch builds. Visit the Community Wiki page to check the documentation. We look forward to see all the new creations made by community scripters.




We've also seen the arrival of new script commands: modelToWorldWorld and modelToWorldVisualWorld convert positions from object model space to the world space (that is not affected by terrain height), reportRemoteTarget expands the Datalink functionality, and a new endl script command creates a string containing a line break. Feel free to provide feedback on these commands in the general Dev-Branch discussion on the forums.




LOGISTICS


The Dev-Branch of the Arma 3 Tools was recently updated. Among other changes, the package is now being prepared for the 64-bit executable release planned as part of Update 1.68. The complete changelog is available on the forums.





  March 16th, 2017 - 17:47 By Old Bear   Comment (0)  



 
 
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