Arma 3 Free Updates and Editor Announced As Sales Hit 2 Million
The first of two free updates is coming in November, with the next paid expansion arriving in 2016.
PC military shooter Arma III has now sold more than 2 million copies, developer Bohemia Interactive has announced. This is up from 1 million copies sold as of May 2014. The game was released in September 2013.
Alongside the new sales number announcement, Bohemia has revealed a content roadmap for the game's next year of updates. Two free updates are coming, called Nexus and Eden, while the next paid expansion, Apex, is due to launch in the Q2 2016, meaning it should be out before the end of June 2016.
The Nexus update is slated to arrive in November. It will introduce "significant improvements" for features such as stamina/fatigue and protective equipment, among other things. The Nexus update will also add an updated version of Arma III's End Game multiplayer mode that originally arrived earlier this year. On top of that, the update will include an in-development version of the game's web-based social service, Units.
The Eden update, meanwhile, is scheduled to launch in early 2016. It adds a new Eden 3D Editor, which Bohemia says will give players "far more control" over what they build than the previous 2D Scenario Editor featured in past games. The update also adds "several" usability tweaks, as well as an "overhaul of how players discover and join multiplayer sessions."
Following these two updates will be Arma III's next paid expansion, Apex. It features a 100km2 South Pacific map called Tanoa. This was initially revealed at E3 2015 during the first-ever PC Gaming Show. In addition, players can expect a new co-op campaign, as well as more vehicles, weapons, and characters. Though Apex is a paid expansion, all players can expect a free quality-of-life update alongside it.
More details about Apex, including its price point and early access availability, will be announced in 2016. Apex is Arma III's fourth paid expansion, following Marksmen (April 2015), Helicopters (November 2014), Karts (May 2014), and Zeus (April 2014). The complete Arma III content roadmap can be seen in the image above.
GameSpot's Arma III review scored it a 7/10.
"In any direction you go, there's loosely structured fun to be had," critic Nick Capozzoli said. "It's there where the islands Bohemia Interactive have created are put through their paces, stretched and warped by the collective whim of the internet, unconstrained by the expectations that burden the words 'modern warfare.'"
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