Bohemia Interactive has issued a new press release in which it revealed that Arma 3 has sold more than two million copies up to this day. In addition, Bohemia revealed two free platform updates that will be released prior to the release of Arma 3’s expansion (that is currently planned for a Q2 2016 release).
These two free platform updates are codenamed ‘Nexus’ and ‘Eden.’
The ‘Nexus Update’, which is scheduled for release in November this year, focuses upon the refinement of core features and multiplayer systems. This includes significant improvements to Arma 3 gameplay features such as stamina/fatigue, personal protective equipment, and more.
“Furthermore, the Nexus Update will deliver a revamped version of the End Game multiplayer mode, that was introduced earlier this year. The renewed End Game multiplayer will be paired with various improvements to general multiplayer systems, which can also be used in other official and unofficial Arma 3 multiplayer scenarios. Last but not least, alongside the Nexus Update, Bohemia Interactive plans to deploy a foundation build of ‘Arma 3 Units’ – a web-based service that aims to connect players with community groups.”
On the other hand, the ‘Eden Update’, is planned for the beginning of next year (2016). The highlight of this update will be the official introduction of the brand new Eden 3D Editor.
“Designed as the logical evolution of the classic 2D Scenario Editor, which has been a core component of the Arma series since its debut in 2001, the new Eden Editor will give players far more control over their creations than ever before by enabling them to place and edit entities directly within the 3D game environment. Besides the new editor, the Eden Update will be complemented by several Arma 3 usability tweaks, and an overhaul of how players discover and join multiplayer sessions.”
Regarding Arma 3’s expansion, codenamed Arma 3 Apex, Bohemia had this to say:
“The expansion will feature the 100 km2 South Pacific destination of Tanoa, which was first shown during the PC Gaming Show at E3 this year, plus a co-op campaign, new vehicles, weapons, and characters. One of the central themes of the expansion is near-future combat, which players will be able to recognize by the introduction of new vehicle classes such as VTOL aircraft and other new gameplay elements. As with previous Arma 3 DLC, the expansion will be accompanied by a major free platform update that seeks to address important ‘legacy’ issues related to Arma 3’s multiplayer, interaction mechanics, and discoverability of official and custom content. More information about the Arma 3 Apex expansion, including specifics on pricing, purchasing options, and early access availability, will be communicated next year.”
Arma 3’s Creative Director Jay Crowe concluded:
“We’re optimistic and excited about our roadmap. Having recently hit the 2 million copies mark, we’re keen to grow even further! We’ve set out to refine our core gameplay, experiment with some fantastic new content, and deliver an unrivalled, open, diverse platform: truly, the apex of the Arma 3 experience.”