May 15
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Community Spotlight, Apex Protocol Singleplayer
PRECEDENCE: Flash



SITUATION
Last week we've released a hotfix for Arma 3's 1.82 platform update, which was initially deployed together with Tanks DLC. As always, we're now collecting feedback on the hotfix and we'll be evaluating our next steps from there. In the meantime, we're also still defining the exact priorities of our development team in the coming months. This should answer some remaining questions before we can share our future plans for the game. Keep in mind that many of our developers will slowly begin to move onto other projects at Bohemia. That means our next roadmap will be of a much more modest scope than previous roadmaps. Nonetheless there are definitely still several exciting updates/projects in the works for Arma 3!

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Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Hotfix 1.82 (Crash Fixes, AI Behavior Tweaks, Scenario Fixes)
SIZE: ~889 MB / ~134 MB

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Hotfix Preparations, Community Focus
PRECEDENCE: Flash



SITUATION
We're still collecting feedback on the recently released Tanks DLC and update 1.82. As part of that process, we're also planning to release a small hotfix later this week, which should address some issues that were already reported to our Feedback Tracker. We're currently also making our plans for Arma 3's development from here on out, which we hope to present to you somewhere in the next month or so.

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Arma 3 - Kornelios
Arma 3 Free Weekend on Steam
Try the game for free and pick up Arma 3 and its DLC with discounts up to 66%


Rally the troops! This entire weekend, starting today (Thursday April 26) up until Monday April 30th at 19:00 CEST, everyone can play the complete Arma 3 base game on Steam for free.

This includes access to all vanilla weapons and vehicles, but also the Scenario Editor, all multiplayer modes, and even the full "Bootcamp Prologue" and "The East Wind" singleplayer campaign. To install the game, Arma 3 will be temporarily added to your Steam Library, or you can install the game via Arma 3's store page on Steam. In case this free version doesn't show up, we advise you to restart your Steam client.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INv_gvthS04
Enjoying the game? If you wish to continue playing after the Free Weekend (and we're sure you will!), we're offering a temporary discount of 66% on the Arma 3 base game or the Arma 3 Apex Edition. You'll also be able to pick up all Arma 3 DLC (except Tanks DLC) at a massive discount, so be sure to check out the Arma 3 store page even if you already own the base game.


Since its initial release, Arma 3 has received more than 75 free platform updates, introducing additional content, new features, and lots of improvements. As a result, the game is in a better shape than it's ever been. Plus, the Arma 3 community (of more than 4 million players) has been incredibly active as well, with an average playtime per Arma 3 user of 150+ hours, 50,000+ public Steam Workshop items, and over 57,000 registered Units. Take a look at our new infographic poster for a quick overview of Arma 3's splendid™ journey so far.



Last but not least, to help you enjoy the Free Weekend to the max, we'd like to suggest the following "Free Weekend" battle plan:

All units
  • Clear your schedule for the weekend + stock up on food and drinks + (semi-)optional: give flowers to your significant other
If you're new to Arma 3
  1. Install Arma 3 (and tell your friends to do the same)
  2. Join a multiplayer server and have no idea what you're doing
  3. Become familiar with Arma 3 by playing the "Bootcamp Prologue" singleplayer campaign
  4. Check out the Virtual Arsenal/Garage and play around in the Scenario Editor
  5. Get the game at 66% off (and consider joining/starting an Arma 3 Unit for the ultimate experience)
If you're an existing Arma 3 player
  1. Spread the word and invite your friends (via social media, pigeon messenger, town crier)
  2. Join a multiplayer server, and go (tactical) Rambo on all the newcomers
  3. Light up a victory cigar
  4. Take a few rookies under your wing (share your Arma knowledge, recruit them to your community group, etc.)
  5. Eat, brush teeth, sleep - then repeat steps 1-5
If you're none of the above
  1. ERROR
  2. This option is currently not available
  3. Performing systems check...
  4. "Free Weekend" detected
  5. Please install Arma 3 to continue
Jokes aside, we wish you and your friends a wonderful (free) weekend. Have fun playing the game!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/107410/Arma_3/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/395180/Arma_3_Apex/
Apr 17
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Tanks DLC, Bohemia in 2018
PRECEDENCE: Flash



SITUATION
The main news this week is of course the release of the highly anticipated Arma 3 Tanks DLC. Now that it has been set free in the wild, we're evaluating player feedback, and keeping track of issues that might need to be resolved with a potential hotfix. We're incredibly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we've received for Tanks DLC so far. It has made us even more excited to continue planning the future of Arma 3.

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Arma 3 - Kornelios
Arma 3 Tanks DLC is out now
New armored vehicles, mini-campaign, showcase scenario, major free platform update



Roll in heavy firepower and take control of the battlefield: Arma 3 Tanks DLC is now available! Watch the trailer to get yourself in the mood, and prepare to knock, rock, 'n roll.

https://youtu.be/Hzi6f_RWJ3Y
Arma 3 Tanks DLC deploys 3 new armored vehicles: the T-140 Angara, AWC Nyx, and the Rhino MGS. Each comes in several variants and with multiple liveries. The new singleplayer mini-campaign ("Altis Requiem") and showcase scenario ("Tank Destroyers") provide a perfect introduction to these war machines. You'll find that there's nothing more exhilarating than driving such heavy metal bunkers and punching large holes in enemy armor. Stay on the move, and unleash fury. This is war.



Tanks DLC is accompanied by a major platform update (1.82). This update is now available as an automatic download on Steam, and is completely free for everyone who plays Arma 3. Its highlights include various enhancements to the experience of operating an armored vehicle (including 3D-modeled interiors for ALL armored vehicles in Arma 3), new targeting features, a new competitive multiplayer mode, extra time trial challenges, free new anti-tank weapons, additional vehicle variants, and more. For a complete overview of the new content and features, head over to https://arma3.com/dlc/tanks.



Ready for deployment? You can now purchase Arma 3 Tanks DLC on Steam. It's also included in the Arma 3 DLC Bundle 2, which saves you more than 25% over picking up the Arma 3 Jets, Laws of War, Tac-Ops Mission Pack, and Tanks DLC separately.

See you in-game!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/798390/Arma_3_Tanks/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/612480/Arma_3_DLC_Bundle_2/
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch (Windows)
ACTIVITY: Game Update 1.82 (Tanks DLC, Interiors, Extended Damage Model, Vehicle Customization)
SIZE: ~5.6 GB / ~1.1 GB (depends on Apex ownership)

More in the full changelog and SPOTREP
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: BattlEye
TO: Arma 3 Users
UNIT: Main Branch
ACTIVITY: Anti-Cheat Update
SIZE: ~1 MB
Mar 27
Arma 3 - Iceman
FROM: High Command
TO: Arma 3 Users
INFO: Tanks DLC Release Candidate, Laws of War DLC Donation
PRECEDENCE: Flash



SITUATION
We're in the process of concluding the development of Tanks DLC. The team is now primarily tackling the remaining critical issues to ensure a smooth release on April 11. Meanwhile, we've started to prepare our plans for Arma 3 during the rest of 2018, and we hope to share more info with the community somewhere in the weeks after the Tanks DLC release.

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Arma 3 - Kornelios
Arma 3 Laws of War DLC raises $176,667 for charity
Half of Bohemia Interactive's net revenue from Laws of War DLC in 2017 donated to ICRC



We're excited to announce that half of Bohemia Interactive's 2017 net revenue from direct sales of the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC has been donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The total amount raised is USD 176,667 (one-hundred and seventy-six thousand, six-hundred and sixty-seven US dollars - approximately EUR 143,543 or GBP 126,016).

To further celebrate the special occasion, we published a special blog post, which includes a new trailer for the DLC, plus an infographic with statistics on how people played Laws of War's mini-campaign.

https://youtu.be/0SLfgUJgbJ8


"With over two billion gamers worldwide, video games have an incredible potential to convey the importance of international humanitarian law (IHL). The collaboration between Bohemia interactive and the ICRC has been extraordinary and we have learned a lot from each other by exchanging ideas and our respective expertise on how to incorporate IHL into a video game. The success of the Arma 3 Laws of War DLC has shown us that video games are one of the many ways to reach new audiences and call attention to the fact that wars do have limits and rules. We are also very grateful that Bohemia Interactive will donate $176,667 to the ICRC, which shows their commitment to support our work, to help people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence in over eighty countries." said Helen Durham, Director for International Law and Policy at the ICRC.



Bohemia Interactive's CEO, Marek Spanel: "We knew this DLC's theme might seem a bit unusual, but we also felt that it has a rightful place in a game like Arma 3. At the same time, our community normally expects more traditional content you'd see in a military game, such as new weapons, tanks, and helicopters. That has made it even more amazing to see the immense level of player support for the Laws of War DLC, which really shows again how both games and the gaming audience have matured. If you also consider that some of our players are in the military or might pursue a military career in the future, then we're glad this DLC has been able to increase awareness for this important topic. And being able to also make a financial contribution to the ICRC's efforts is a great bonus."



For more information about the Laws of War DLC, be sure to take a look at arma3.com/dlc/lawsofwar.

Thanks everyone for your contribution and support!
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