Jul 25, 2017
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Community Spotlight, Dev-Branch Activity
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
This week's SITREP is a little light on fresh development news, but that is not to say there's nothing going on. In fact, it's the opposite! While we're not quite ready yet to unveil more details on the upcoming Arma 3 "Orange" DLC, our Amsterdam team is working hard to finish and polish the last bits and pieces ahead of its official reveal announcement. Meanwhile, our brave developers in other locations are improving and fixing a few long-term standing issues in Arma 3. Of course, the other DLC on our Roadmap, Tac-Ops and Tanks, are also in full production and approaching some important internal milestones.


Full SITREP
Jul 11, 2017
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Chinese Languages, Jets Static Props
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
The summer holiday season has started in Europe, and despite the hot (and occasionally rainy!) weather, our dedicated developers are more than determined to continue supporting Arma 3 and to bringing new additions and improvements to the game.


Full SITREP
Jul 6, 2017
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Hotfix 1.72 (Chinese Languages)
SIZE: ~8.7 MB / ~1.1 MB

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Jun 29, 2017
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Hotfix 1.72 (Laser Targets, Drone Ownership)
SIZE: ~40 MB / ~21 MB

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Jun 28, 2017
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Malden DLC Release, Flight Model Overhaul, Summer Sale
PRECEDENCE: Flash

SITUATION
Last week we've reached another major milestone on our 2017 roadmap: the free Malden DLC is now out for everyone to explore. As is usual when we release a new platform update, we're now evaluating the state of version 1.72 and will publish a hotfix if needed. In that case, depending on its requirements and testing, we hope to push this out later this week.

Full SITREP
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
Jun 22, 2017
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]

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