Arma III to release with no campaign

Bohemia Interactive to launch campaign for military shooter as three free downloadable add-ons after release.

Upcoming military shooter Arma III will release later this year without its campaign mode. Developer Bohemia Interactive announced today that instead, three batches of single-player content will be delivered as free downloadable expansions after release.

The first episode, Survive, will be made available about a month after Arma III launches. The following expansions, Adapt and Win, will release "in the months thereafter."

Just because Arma III won't have a campaign option at launch does not mean the game will be hurting for content. At launch, players will have access to the island terrains of Altis (270 km²) and Stratis (20 km²), 12 single-player missions, three faction showcases, nine multiplayer scenarios, 10 firing drill challenges, over 20 vehicles and 30 weapons, and modding support.

"This was not a decision we made lightly," Arma III project lead Joris-Jan van 't Land said in a statement. "As game creators, we love developing and playing through campaigns so, to those awaiting ours, we say: sorry for the delay. After talking a lot about a focus on quality over the last year, it simply did not feel right to compromise now. Rather than pushing back the entire game, we launch this year with an awesome package--a splendid kick off for the Arma 3 experience."

More information about Bohemia Interactive's decision to release Arma III without its campaign is available in a new developer blog post on the company's website.

Arma III is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2013. A specific date is expected to be announced soon, Bohemia Interactive said. Gamers can participate in the game's beta today by purchasing the game from Steam and the Bohemia Interactive store for $44.99.

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225 comments
thenewstoryline
thenewstoryline

I don't care if there's no campaign.... JUST FIX THE FUCKING CRASH ISSUE BOHEMIA!

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

ARNA IIII to release  as an SDK

so everything you love, you  can create it your self ohhhh SNAP!

smokeytheband1t
smokeytheband1t

This is why I love Bohemia. Releases a game without campaign, no one cares because it's a game that offers so much more. That and that the previous arma campaigns were horrible but i've spent more thant 100 hrs playing those games 

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

Yes to Altis, just wish they would update the horrible OPFOR uniforms, they look like they come from a terrible 80's action movie based in the future. And why the terrible civilian clothes, shorts and flips (updated yellow/blue shirts recently are no better) ..dunno about you guys but I sure as shit wouldn't be sporting flips and fasionable summer wear in battle. Who is in charge of your wardrobe dept Primark?  

Cordliss
Cordliss

Can't believe I have already put 117 hours into the alpha/beta, game is just too fun. Great thing about this game is you can make your own campaign in the meantime or if you want download missions made by more experienced players.

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

this game is awesome but its so hard 

brok
brok

So I guess they finally realised that they're never going to top their original Operation Flashpoint campaign?

Should've just ported it over like they did with ARMA 1.

ioshilee
ioshilee

Oh great... To all those who are defending this decision - I'm well aware of the fact that SP exerience in ARMA is not so fun as it's MP and modding possibilities, but! Many players love to pplay through campaings. And most important thing - next time someone will release a game with chopped off... everything. And will try to sell you a game that has only main menu, and will ask you to wait a couple of months to beat a tutorial. 

Caldrin
Caldrin

Well its not like people really spent much time playing the Single player game in ARMA II.. everyone jsut jumped right into the huge MP modes and started fighting :)

Its the same with ARMA III already anyway..


I have no issues with them doing this and I already own the game anyway :)

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

I have absolutely no problem with that decision, it allows the developers to direct all their focus on further developing the engine, tools and fixing bugs.

The campaigns of previous ARMA releases weren't exactly 'that' good anyways.
I enjoyed them, but the heart and soul of ARMA has always been community addons, be it maps, scenarios, vehicles, weapons, skins, you name it.
I find the powerful tools they offer and the level of mod-ability to be more important than a singleplayer campaign - That way everyone can basically create his own campaign and share it with others while the developers keep improving the core features.

Even now in the Early Access version you can already create your own scenarios using the editor and mod tools and there's quite a few ones made available at the "http://www.armaholic.com" fan website.

I'd be glad to even pay for a fully fledged out 'official' singleplayer campaign when it's released some day, just to further support this so far always awesome developer studio.
Until then I'll keep enjoying Early Access and the community mods and addons.

tchanah
tchanah

Seems a legit reason. Well this is in my must buy list! 

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Released without a campaign? Sounds stupid.

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

Is this game hard to get into? I don't ever play shooters, but this is really appealing to me for some reason :) maybe because it sounds more mature than COD or BF.

xloub
xloub

A game which was supposed to be released at the end of 2012... and "a bit" delayed...comes one year later (hopefully) without campaign and way fewer vehicles and weapons than Arma 2... way to go bohemia! Kill Arma series, you're doing a good job!!!

MoreThot
MoreThot

ehh I didn't really get into the campaign much anyways, still beat the campaigns when i was REALLY bored. Multiplayer is where it's at in ARMA

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

I'll wait for the campaign since thats all I care for.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I hope this isn't the buggy mess Arma II was. I couldn't even get halfway through that game without the campaign breaking so that you could no longer proceed with the storyline.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Multiplayer?... MEH! who cares? Campaign is where its at for Arma

AceBalls
AceBalls

This game is so awesome. I'm looking forward to making a campaign for it ;) Having this from the Alpha to now has given me the opportunity to learn the tools and scripting like no other package out there and I can't wait to start from scratch with the full release.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

I campaign that is chopped into three parts and we get them for free is probably going to be a fun experience. I don't mind I like the idea of having to wait for the next chapter.

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

campaign... who cares? Multiplayer is where its at for arma

Soniczero1993
Soniczero1993

What really makes ArmA stand out is it's expansive multiplayer and enormous modding community. A chopped campaign is a small price to pay for nearly endless gameplay with endless options.

ArmA is the swiss army knife of FPS. You get one device that has about a million features.

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

@ioshilee Calm down, we are getting a campaign. Just not from the off, there is mods which will give story, just play them... Arma has never had a strong campaign, they have had good ones, but not super strong ones. So this delay may give us a really good campaign. Delays for a short time are really good. They often make it better, they said we release on this date, so they will. Just add DLC in, also it's free, so just treat it like you bought it with the game.

nedrith
nedrith

@ioshilee IMO, if it's the difference between delaying a mostly online game or giving the campaign later than I'd say release it now.  They are being truthful and they aren't being like some other companies would and charging for the cut off content.


Now if it was a primarily single player game releasing without a complete single player campaign there would be a issue.

Godoakos
Godoakos

@ioshilee Sounds like Steam Early Access to me :)
No offense on my side really, I like the idea of buying into an evolving game but to put it bluntly, it is what it is.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@ioshilee its not like your not getting a campaign... you will get it the month the game is released... if its a must have for you then just wait until its all released.

Now if they started to charage extra for the campaign then you would have a good point.


Either way nearly everyone who is interested in ARMA III are interested because of the multiplayer and modding nothing else..

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

@ANUBISZER0  sounds like you've never played an arma series. As bad as Arma 2 was when I first played this game it quickly became my fav to play online. The fun totally outweights the small naggy things and bad optimization and etc ....took me a few weeks to get my head around the controls though

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

@Zarkhaine imo it takes a few days or longer to become acostom to with controls and play. most of the guys online will help you along if you are finding anything difficult. once you get into it you will never look back :)

TopTip :Before you go MP edit your controls and take a day or two to get the basics right over the senarios, you should be solid after that. See too many newbs  joining and asking during game how to switch weapons or step over or drive, pilot bleh bleh..

realguitarhero5
realguitarhero5

@Zarkhaine It is.  It's pretty hard to get into.  It doesn't have as steep of a learning curb as something like Eve, though.

If you don't have a crew to roll with, it's not that much fun.  But if you can get into a squad or platoon it can be great fun

notgoodenuff77
notgoodenuff77

@xloub Have you tried playing the Arma 3 beta? Its amazing! They are really doing everything they can to build upon the awesomeness of Arma 2 and go way beyond. I am happy to wait for better content because BI has proven that they can deliver above and beyond my expectations. Besides by doing this it means that they have built the platform from the ground up to handle all the add ons and new campaigns that came out for Arma2. 

tarisaihsaun
tarisaihsaun

@Hellhound30x @Hellhound30x Really? I've been playing as part of an Arma multiplayer community for years and it is quite simply, as far as I am concerned, the only way to play Arma. 


Campaigns are great fun, sure.

Playing with 60 others in a struggle to complete objectives as a well oiled machine reliant on communication and familiarity with those you play with - no game comes close to providing that experience.

If you want to play Arma in synergy with its strengths, whilst mitigating the myriad bugs inherent in the engine - join a community that plays ACE+ACRE with a couple decent mission designers.

"MEH"??

ioshilee
ioshilee

@KingofCabal Hey! I've got my early access already!  No accusations, pls :) I just love SP :) Well... I hope that they will polish it, at least :)

ioshilee
ioshilee

@Caldrin Yeah, I know that, and I will buy it anyways, but its like buying a brand new car with 1 seat and without any features like audio, climate control, e.c. with a promise of future free install... It's still a car and it can ride, but smth wrong :)

Captcrappypants
Captcrappypants

@ANUBISZER0 so this news doesn't really bother me, I'm just glad they are releasing what they have game ready soon. 

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

@Captcrappypants @Zarkhaine Yeah, i have to do that with every game anyway, cus i'm left handed. Which means I have to spend aaaaages re-organising hotkeys for every game where I need to use a keyboard.

stagga99
stagga99

@tarisaihsaun @Hellhound30x That might be true. But a lot of players, like myself, yearn for a campaign as complete as the original OFP/Resistance campaigns. I'm not hugely impressed with this decision although perhaps I'll give the MP a better look while I wait. And I guess I'd rather having something, albeit showcase missions and user generated content, than no game at all.

Actually...it does remind me of the hours I spent on the original OFP demo mods that were around in the months before the full game was released. Some really brilliant missions turned up from some very creative people!