Arma 3

Malden, the original map from Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, has been reimagined in Arma 3 as part of a wave of new, free content released today. Off the back of the $10 Arma 3 Jets DLC last month, this is the biggest update to the military sim since last year's Apex expansion.

Available as DLC on Steam (if you own Arma 3, it's already been automatically added to your library), the 62 km2 map "re-uses many vanilla Arma 3 structures, vegetation, and similar assets," but "also includes additions such as colored buildings, vineyards, and barns." 

Indeed, as you can tell from old footage, Arma 3's "Malden 2035" isn't a 1:1 recreation that puts each tree and shrub in the same spot. It's more like Arma 3's skin, and the assets of its existing islands, superimposed onto the bones and geometry of the old slab of land. "In comparison to the original Malden, the number and names of the towns and villages, and all locations of hills, crossroads, gas stations, have remained the same," says Bohemia. Malden, like other Arma locations, is based on Lefkada, a Greek island.

Malden is bundled with a new, 10-player multiplayer mode called Combat Patrol that emphasizes "heavily randomized" combat against AI across different kinds of objectives. The mode is also available for all other existing Arma 3 maps.

Malden is also the play space for Argo, a standalone game that Bohemia describes as an "Arma-based hardcore tactical multiplayer first-person shooter in which players fight as mercenaries over the remnants of a crashed space station." Previously known as Project Argo, the game features three different competitive modes focused on territory control or objective capture.

Argo is "completely" free, but interestingly, a $10 "Supporter's Pack" is available for purchase on Steam, which grants the following bonuses:

  • Set of 13 exclusive animations for the MVP screen
  • Bundle of 23 unique apparel items, including facewear and headwear, and backpacks (these items are purely cosmetic and do not offer any gameplay benefits)
  • Highlighted name in the leaderboards
  • Access to premium servers that will be exclusively available for Argo Supporters
  • Controllable vehicles in Argo's Scenario Editor

The new stuff coincides with Operation Flashpoint's 16-year anniversary. Though Codemasters retains the rights to Operation Flashpoint, Bohemia carried its spirit forward with Arma: Armed Assault in 2007. 

Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Because one launch isn’t difficult enough, Arma devs Bohemia Interactive are going for one-and-a-half today. The big one is Argo [official site], their free multiplayer FPS spun off from Arma 3 [official site]. The half is an update for Arma 3 adding a new island to play on, the remake of Operation Flashpoint’s Malden which Bohemia made for Argo. All this is to celebrate the 16th birthday of Flashpoint (or Arma: Cold War Assault, as Bohemia later renamed it) today. … [visit site to read more]

Arma 3 - Nelios


Today we're celebrating the Arma series' 16th anniversary with a free DLC, which returns players to a re-imagination of Malden - the iconic island terrain featured in the very first Arma game.

Malden 2035 spans over 62 km2 in land mass, features 15 towns and villages, and offers many different points of interest. In addition, the Malden DLC delivers a new 12-player cooperative sandbox mode called Combat Patrol, in which you and your unit take on AI enemy forces to complete various mission objectives.

https://youtu.be/JAPTmRECnNo
In case you missed it, Malden is also the setting of Bohemia Interactive's new tactical multiplayer shooter Argo. In this free game, you take on the role of a mercenary and fight across unrestricted terrain in a 5-vs-5 matchup. Or you can team up in Argo's 10-player variant of the Combat Patrol coop mode. You can play Argo for FREE on Steam.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/530700/

Meanwhile, Arma 3 is currently on sale for the lowest price it has ever been on Steam and the Bohemia Store, with discounts up to 66% on the Arma 3 base game, Arma 3 Apex expansion, and Arma 3 DLC. Tell your friends and spread the word/love.

See you on Malden!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/107410
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Game Update 1.72 (Malden DLC, Combat Patrol, Flight Model Tweaks)
SIZE: ~6.5 GB / ~1.1 GB (depends on Apex ownership)

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

John has been writing these charts for just a few weeks and already he’s had to book a week off in order to recover. I am made of more sterling stuff, and while he’s gone it falls to me to share the details of which games sold the best last week on Steam.

… [visit site to read more]

Jun 13
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Update 1.72 RC, Malden OPREP, Documentation Activity
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
Malden Free DLC is just behind the corner! With its release scheduled for next week, we're yet again following the internal routines of data locks, code reviews, and testing. Meanwhile, we're pushing forward with the development of the remaining DLCs on this year's roadmap.

Full SITREP
Arma 3 - RoyaltyInExile
UNIT: Jaroslav Rízek, Level Designer, Argo
TO: Arma 3 Dev-Branch Users
OPSUM: Back to the Future: re-building Malden for 2035



EVALUATION:
Terrains have always played a very important role in our games - and a recent Dev-Branch update has brought you a new one: Malden 2035. It might sound familiar to our veteran players, as Malden was one of three islands in our first game, Arma: Cold War Assault. It's not just a simple recreation of the classic terrain, though. We've added new places, structures, and our approach was very different from the creation of our previous terrains. In this OPREP, we'd like to invite you backstage of Malden's development.

Full Report
Arma 3 - Nelios


In celebration of the Jets DLC take-off two weeks ago, today we've published a brand new episode in the official Arma 3 Community Guide series. The new video examines all of the aspects of jet employment in Arma 3, such as the various types of jets, munitions, sensors, threats, and tactics.

https://youtu.be/HJUnMuKmW3E
In addition, Arma 3's Creative Director Jay Crowe posted a new devblog, in which he explains the role of jets in the Arma 3 sandbox, describes how the Jets DLC marked the first collaboration with a third-party development team, and offers a brief update on Arma 3's 2017-2018 development roadmap.

Read the full blog on the Arma 3 website: https://arma3.com/news/arma-3-jets-dlc
Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Arma creators Bohemia Interactive have announced that they’ll launch their free 5v5 tactical shooter spin-off Argo [official site] on June 22nd. They released a public prototype free in November 2016 under their ‘Bohemia Incubator’ label and have been tinkering and expanding it ever since. Argo’s an objective-driven game set on a remake of the original Operation Flashpoint’s island of Malden, and that new Malden is coming to Arma 3 on June 22nd too. Arma 3 will also borrow Argo’s cooperative mode, Combat Patrol. It’ll be a big day for serious simulated shooting. … [visit site to read more]

May 30
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Malden Dev-Branch, Hotfix 1.70, Tanoa Structures
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
It's been two weeks since Jets DLC was released, and we're excited to see the response and creations from the community. Internally, we've been evaluating its development and we're making plans for the future. Of course next up is the Malden Free DLC, which is approaching fast (June 22) and you might have already seen the star of the show land on Dev-Branch.

Full SITREP
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