Arma III a Steam exclusive

Bohemia Interactive reveals upcoming first-person shooter could not be released in 2013 if not for Steam.

Bohemia Interactive has announced that Arma III will be a Steam exclusive. Explaining the decision, studio CEO Marek Španěl acknowledged some gamers may be irked at the decision, but said ultimately it was the right choice for the game to only be available on Steam.

“We realize that some people may find it difficult to migrate to a new platform, especially if they were used to purchasing and playing our games without any external third-party application," he said. "We have evaluated the pros and cons, but in the end Steam enables us to release Arma III, brings massive advantages to the game, and improves the end-user experience. Not to forget, the majority of our players already come from Steam.“

In a detailed blog post titled "Full Steam Ahead," Bohemia explained that if Arma III was not a Steam-exclusive, it would be difficult to ship the game this year.

"It is important not to forget the bottom-line as set out above: we honestly believe that we would not be able to deliver Arma III in 2013 without this decision," the company said.

Boxed copies of Arma III will be available in most regions, Bohemia said, noting this could take the form of a Steam Code in a retail package or a DVD. Arma III was originally targeted to launch in 2012, but was delayed to 2013 after two of its developers were arrested in Greece for spying. Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar have since been released on bail, though they still face trial.

For more on Arma III, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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yoni0505
yoni0505

Too bad. Not going to buy it from Steam.
I'll just have to download a "standalone" version.

TheRealHuHa
TheRealHuHa

I loved Operation Flashpoint, I (kinda) liked ArmA, I love ArmA2. What I loved most was that I did NOT have to put up with evil stuff such as Steam.

ArmA3 only on  Steam - i.e. I will not buy it. It's as simple as that.

-- HuHA

Caldrin
Caldrin

No issues with this as i use steam for nearly every game anyway.. its a great service.

Triton
Triton

I may have to give this series a try.

Maias227
Maias227

It's funny how exclusive is suddenly a good thing when connected with Steam but akin to child molesting if any other platform does the same.

vijaybt28
vijaybt28

blah blah blah blah..... thats all I hear.... 

hadlee73
hadlee73

This might mean it ends up being exclusive on nothing at all if it ends up being as buggy as Arma II, and Valve end up pulling it like they did with WarZ. :P

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I still don't understand how being EXCLUSIVE to Steam makes it better for them.  How is that better than also releasing on loads of other game download sites?  I mean I get they can't afford physical packaging and all that, fine, but it is still somewhat limiting the avenues for release by going to Steam exclusively...

mediarays
mediarays

I need ARMA 3 IN boxed package along with Maps,manuals,Posters and warranty card.Exactly like GTA 4.

commando1992
commando1992

Another five years and this is how all PC games will be released. (Except for EA's who has to try and have their own piece of the pie all to themselves by offering the exact same thing but without everything that makes Steam great.) 

blakeney
blakeney

It's more than likely so they can cut out the thing that's "major" in a games life span (besides development) and that is production and distribution. This way all they do is upload ONE package to steam, and a live date (amoung other things) and that's it... gone. No messing round making disks, getting them distributed to stores etc.... Good move imo considering the unexpted delays this has faced

wes4mu089
wes4mu089

Curious as to what 'sort' of risks he's talking about.


wes4mu089
wes4mu089

Its being made by CD Projekt which enough for me to throw my money at them.

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

Well, its Steam, so... I can't really say anything bad.

June-GS
June-GS

I have no problems about it releasing on Steam. I use it too. If it somehow helps with the earlier release date, then even better. But to think that by being exclusive to just that platform would somehow better help their bottomline in the long-run? IDK about that.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Would gladly have waited til 2014, but hey...their call.

billlabowski
billlabowski

Something tells me that this game isn't going to release until 2014...

ObiWan86
ObiWan86

At least steam is great, unlike origin...

Sardinar
Sardinar

Can't complain. Steam is great. 

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

So, maybe next gen consoles will be able to run a ported version.  With simplified controls ofcourse.  See, the console market needs this game, so CoD fans can see what playing a real modern warfare game is, and be ashamed.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

Forget consoles, Steam is the real powerhouse in gaming these days, and they don't even need to market themselves anymore. Steam's install base will continue to grow indefinitely, whilst console install bases will reset every generation, PC gaming is back! :)

obsequies
obsequies

didn't valve claim that they don't believe in having exclusives..that it is bad for the entire industry and that when people come to them asking if they want a deal that they reject it??? so by exclusive does this mean, "we are only going to sell our game on steam" or does this mean "we have an exclusive deal with steam"? 

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

"But you gotta see it from the PC's players point of view" 

Because apparently putting hundreds of hours into TF2, Battlefield, Counter Strike, and Mount & Blade each isn't enough for me to count as a PC gamer. I'm only here to bring attention to all the flaws that Steam has and hopefully get some help, but nobody here is EVER willing to give me a reason for the problems or give me a solution, they jump straight to the insults because they're elitist pricks.

Iceman228433
Iceman228433

considering how much ARMA 2 sold on Steam I am not surprised at all.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Really? Weird because the Bohemia Interactive logo was shown in that mass of logos during the PS4 announcement. So if it's not Arma3 coming to PS4, it must be DayZ.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I like the way the news is framed.  Arma III+Steam as a wholistic experience makes Steam exclusivity much more relevant than just some DRM scheme or maybe BI getting kickbacks for making a distributor choice. That means, too, that if you are not using any of the social or modding or whatever other features of Steam, you will probably miss essential features of Arma III and shouldn't buy it. I don't feel entitled to a certain way games are made or released; I just want to know what I am getting so I can make an informed purchasing decision.

vault-boy
vault-boy

I think this kind of says it all right there: When it comes to developers releasing games on PC Steam is the one with the least amount of roadblocks. Just another example of Good Guy Gabe.

yoda101280
yoda101280

I hope they simplify some of the basic menus a bit.  I was impressed with ARMA 2 but found it a bit difficult to get in to simply b/c of how much info there was to get used to.  So many menus and things to navigate through even for some of the more simple functions.  If they improve on that the game will be a lot more accessible for me.

gladin09
gladin09

If it means they can deliver it in 2013 I'm fine with it, not that I had a problem anyway. Arma 3 will be a good opportunity to get involved with a serious Arma community, must.. move away.... from casual play ^^

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

Steam will also work well for this game because BI releases a lot of updates for their games and Steam has an auto update feature so it will make things easier. 

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Wow.  Now that's news.  I honestly was going to make it a point to get a boxed copy even though I have Steam.

I'm not sure how to take this, but I guess I'll be there at day one, hour one, minute one, regardless...

Liliroots
Liliroots

Great move as Steam is probably the biggest digital game distributor out there.  And Steam is somewhat resistant to piracy.  I say that because the end-users have some trouble getting steam cracks, etc.  All good stuff for the developers.  

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

was going to get it on Steam anyway. I'm fine with this just give us the game!

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Looking forwartd to this,and glad there is some PC news instead of all this PS4 stuff..

Halloll
Halloll

if it wasn't for counter strike, Steam wouldn't be as popular.

patiotom
patiotom

If steam gets it to market, keeps out hackers, stream lines updates and creates the community around the game then im there with bells on. I don't stick with many companies out of loyalty but steam just keeps on giving, When is the next Steam Sale?? Roll on Choco Egg Resurrection Day

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

I wonder if it there will be a Steam for Linux version?  Seems logical since it's exclusive.

laser00
laser00

haha..yeah....suck it...

Deadpool-n
Deadpool-n

I cannot wait! I really hope it is good and has little to no bugs.

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

ARMA, the glitchy, bug infested war simulator that's popular because of an even glitchier and unstable mod is a Steam exclusive? CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY COPY!

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Considering Steam accounts for more than 50% of Arma 2 sales I'm pretty sure these guys were smart enough to see success when it smacked them in the face unexpectedly.  Existing steam users are already hyped up about Arma franchise in the first place, so having Arma 3 come to Steam is a no-brainer.  

I will definitely be picking it up from Steam!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I wouldn't get the game if it wasn't on Steam so this is good to hear. Hope the get the engine to run better this time.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

Not bothered with this as the majority of my games are on Steam.

Hopefully it has a lot of achievements. :P it is big enough for lots of them.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Steam exclusive is great, they can focus on QA for just one version of the game, instead of spreading the work like they did with ARMA 2, with patches aimed at retail and others aimed at Steam versions.