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Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:07 am     Super secret spam barrier
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Arma 3 News


Exciting times are ahead for Arma 3 and it's upcoming developments + DLC. I thought I'd make a post consolidating some of this information for the community to read (and for those that don't always follow Arma's news updates).

Arma 3 Roadmap
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As we can see from the image above, feedback tracker changes and stability/optimisation is top of BI's list for updates. Considering it's been about 9 months since release (and over a year since the Alpha), I can't help but think "it's about damn time". Either way, this is good news for everyone - maybe one day we'll be able to hold out a firefight in Kavala (Altis) with more than just 2 Klawces!

Downloadable Content
Before we start discussing what each DLC will bring, I just want to make a note of BI's "features are free, premium content is paid" philosophy. This means that any features released in DLCs and updates will be free for everyone. The content, however, will still be a paid premium. With that said, BI has come up with an interesting way to split the divide between those that have DLC, and those that don't. In short, all DLC will essentially be free for everyone (including content). DLC won't be compressed or offer 'lite' versions (like in Arma 2), but instead everyone will have all content at its highest quality. 

The only drawback is that the game will bug you every now and then, asking you to buy the DLC (but only if you use the DLC content, such as one of the Helicopter vehicles). My advice would be to just buy the DLC bundle now. It will set you back £16.99, but I'd say it's worth it - it's more than likely we're going to be using this content in the future for our missions. Here's more details on the pricing:

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If you were silly enough to spend the money on the Supporter Edition (like me), you'll also get access to the Expansion without surcharge. Also, unlike in Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead, the Expansion won't be a standalone game - it will build on top of Arma 3.

Moving on to the DLC, there are two major upcoming DLC packs coming to Arma 3:

Helicopters
Not only will this pack add new transport helicopters to the game, it will also add completely new flight models to all vanilla helicopters as well. Much of the new dynamics are said to be influenced heavily by Take On Helicopters. The best part? These features will be completely free for everyone (remember - "features are free, premium content is paid"), so we'll all be able to enjoy the new flight models. Here's a quote from one of the devs:

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The flight model is part of a free platform update, along with new XMLs for each helicopter (i.e. not just the new ones). We intend to release this functionality to dev-branch ahead of the official release of the DLC.

Along with flight models, the Helicopters DLC will also bring logistics (Sling Loading) and the ability to Fire from Vehicles (yes, you heard me right). Both features are apparently engine based and will of course be completely MP-compatible. Maybe we'll also be able to walk around inside some of these new vehicles while in-flight?

Marksman
We haven't been told many specifics yet, but it seems that the Marksmen DLC will overhaul some of the shooting mechanics and make it much more challenging to fire a weapon. I guess we can hope for proper wind ballistics and the ability to adjust your weapon's scope to counter for windage, but this is pure speculation.


In other news it looks like there has been a lot of development on Arma 3's AI. A lot of work is underway on the dev branch, but some of these improvements have already been pushed to the stable build. In fact, Frosty and I found out that our public server hasn't actually been running bCombat or any other AI mods. Although we did think the AI were a bit 'different', we had no idea that we were up against vanilla AI. We will be putting bCombat back on for now, but perhaps in the future we might be able to run our servers without any AI mods.

Well, that about raps up this update. I may do more of these in the future (for significant developments such as Arma 3 news, mod news, or even RL army-related news) when I get more time and depending on what people think.


Keep up the good work Marines!
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Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:18 am     Super secret spam barrier
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So what they should have fixed in the first place is now a DLC? Makes sense.

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Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:19 am     Super secret spam barrier
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So what they should have fixed in the first place is now a DLC? Makes sense.

Pretty much. But the good news is it will all be free (bloody right too!).

In terms of stability, don't forget how long it took Arma 2 to get itself into a decent state. I know that doesn't make up for BI completely taking the p*ss, but at least we have something to go by.


Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:51 am     Super secret spam barrier
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So, what your saying is, the DLC is effectively free, if your prepared to get BI asking you to buy them?

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Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:01 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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So what they should have fixed in the first place is now a DLC? Makes sense.

Pretty much. But the good news is it will all be free (bloody right too!).

In terms of stability, don't forget how long it took Arma 2 to get itself into a decent state. I know that doesn't make up for BI completely taking the p*ss, but at least we have something to go by.

This has been the subject of some debate on the community forum

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Not sure on the philosophy behind this and it sets a dangerous precent. Mods are free and add more content. Its a selling point of the game.

Next step is for mod creators to get their creations officially endorsed by the Devs under the "premium content" umbrella. They could even run a competition to find the next best mods developed free of charge...........oh wait.


Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:03 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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It is all pretty vague so far. Here is a quote from Boehima about that.

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So, how to prevent an inconsistent mix of high and low quality content? Simple: give everyone all content at its highest quality for free. However, we also have to acknowledge the realities of running a business and the costs of quality development. Simply put: we need to sell new products so that we can continue to grow, improve our teams, and further invest in Arma 3's development.

For Arma 3, we've been looking at other ways of achieving the same goal, while making it more obvious to players when they are using DLC - or as we also refer to it: premium content. We've been experimenting with various reasonable restrictions for unowned content. This means making all premium content available to everyone, but applying certain limitations and notifications for those who haven't purchased it. Since that may sound rather vague on paper - and because we're interested in gathering your reactions as you uncover them - we don't want to detail each specific restriction just yet. Instead, we'd like to provide a concrete example of how it all works. We'll go into further details below.

No real info on that so far, but It could work a bit like this:
When the Helicopter DLC comes out and you dont own it, you might not be able to actually fly it as a pilot and only as a passenger.

To be fair I dont really see how the system they want to usw is going to look, or how it is going to work.


Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:21 pm     Super secret spam barrier
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Some further updates and info in the link  about bootcamp.


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