7:19am
Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: 1.66 Released, Dynamic Simulation, Forums Downtime
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
The majority of the development team is currently focused on a hotfix for the recently released Update 1.66. There are a few issues we're investigating, but more on them later in this report. Aside from that, Dev-Branch is about to receive some cool additions before Christmas. All in all, everything in Arma 3 is set for a splendid winter break.

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Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Game Update 1.66 (Footsteps Audio Overhaul, Tactical Ping, Maintenance)
SIZE: ~10 GB / ~1.6 GB (depends on Apex ownership)

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Nov 22
Community Announcements - YorisYan
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Update 1.66 Release Candidate, Footsteps Audio Overhaul, 64-bit Information
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
The development team now focuses on polishing the Release Candidate of Update 1.66 to a splendid shape. While we're still tracking quite a number of issues in the build, we're tackling the bugs one by one, and hope to release the update in the upcoming weeks. Apart from fixes and maintenance, there are some additions coming in this patch, too. More on them later in this report.

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Community Announcements - Iceman
UNIT: Krzysztof Bielawski, Senior Programmer, Programming Dept.
TO: Arma 3 Users
OPSUM: Introducing the latest AI path-following improvements for wheeled vehicles.

EVALUATION:
Over the course of many years of development, Artificial Intelligence in the Arma series has grown into a very sophisticated system. For example, computing a route and following it on any terrain - be it a vanilla or a modded one - is, generally, something the AI manages to pull off on a daily basis. They are able to control multiple types of vehicle, be aware of enemies and dangerous areas, and navigate on roads and across bridges - all while avoiding collisions - but not always in the most effective manner.

As the number of options for the AI grew, the number of issues, edge cases, rare configurations and parameters rose as well. Plus, with the Apex expansion and its terrain, Tanoa, having unique bridges, the amount of the tweaks necessary for smooth gameplay increased drastically. Thus, it was finally time to re-address our AI path-finding.

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Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Clean Sweep, Bohemia Incubator, Game Developers Session
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
The development team is now fully focusing on a clean sweep of the game. This means that for the next couple of weeks we're solely fixing bugs, focusing on performance and minor, yet long-standing issues, and polishing the game. As a consequence, all of the work is under a lock - only approved and manually selected pieces of data get in the final game and the rest has to wait until the lock is released. The plan is to finish this sweeping period by delivering Update 1.66. Hopefully, after we have results of some first build checks done by our Quality Assurance, we'll be able to publish the Release Candidate by the end of this week.

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Oct 25
Community Announcements - YorisYan
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Roadmap 2016-17, Improved Lightmaps, SITREP Frequency
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
Coming in at the end of last week, we unveiled the 2016-17 roadmap for Arma 3. Meanwhile, the development team has started brainstorming, pre-production, and in some cases already production itself on the newly announced packages. We'll talk a bit more about the roadmap later in this SITREP, but one thing is clear: Arma 3 has a splendid future ahead of itself!

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Community Announcements - Nelios
Moving into the third year after official launch, Bohemia Interactive today announced its development plans for Arma 3 in the upcoming year. Introduced via a new poston the Arma 3 developer’s blog, the 2016-17 roadmap reveals a variety of planned DLC content, as well as post-release support in the form of free platform updates.

While the Apex expansion, which released this Summer, marked a pinnacle moment in the game’s development journey, players still have a lot more to look forward to. Bohemia Interactive will continue to work on Arma 3 by improving existing content and features, optimizing game performance, and supporting the creation and installation of player-created content.

In addition, Bohemia Interactive also revealed brand new game content content, which aims to expand the combined arms nature of Arma 3 - providing fresh gameplay opportunities for existing players, while also attracting “new players looking for a gateway to a massive military experience”. Five downloadable content packages are scheduled:
  • Arma 3 Jets DLC (Q1 2017 - ETA)
  • Arma 3 'Orange' DLC (Q2 2017 - TBC)
  • Arma 3 Malden Free DLC (June 2017)
  • Arma 3 Tac-Ops DLC (Q3 2017 - TBC)
  • Arma 3 Tanks DLC (TBA)


Arma 3’s Creative Director, Jay Crowe:
"The creation of a new roadmap always represents a splendid opportunity to reflect upon our past efforts and think carefully about new opportunities. Our third post-release roadmap aims to strike a balance between investing in the future, and serving the needs of the Arma 3 platform and playerbase with an ambitious line-up of new gameplay, features, and content."

For all the Intel on the 2016-17 roadmap, and a brief overview of the planned new DLC, be sure to read the entire post on the Arma 3 developer's blog.

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Oct 18
Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Community Focus, Open Job Positions
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
The development team is polishing existing features, tackling some inconsistencies in the sandbox, and preparing for the future of Arma 3. We look forward to unveiling all of the platform improvements and content additions we have planned, and while our 2016-2017 roadmap blog is currently receiving its final touches, we intend on sharing this Intel with you in the upcoming week.

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Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Hotfix 1.64 (Controller Fixes, MP Vehicle Movement, Miscellaneous)
SIZE: ~35 MB / ~8 MB

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Oct 11
Community Announcements - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Roadmap Incoming, Memory Allocator Changes, Visual Upgrade Documentation
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
We're approaching another important step in the post-release support of Arma 3 and the finalization of the roadmap for the upcoming year. The development team has been busy outlining the future products, starting the pre-production phases, and brainstorming within the departments. Aside from that, a hotfix to the game is in the works; we hope to release it very soon if things go well. While progress on Arma 3 might not always be visible to public eyes, plenty of new exciting things are happening behind the curtains. We can't wait to start sharing bits of Intel in the upcoming weeks.

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