ARMA 3 goes into public Alpha on March 5th, 2013. In just a few days time everyone will be welcome to test this PC-exclusive tactical military shooter from Bohemia Interactive.
ARMA 3 is going to be available via Steam only, allowing for Steamworks integration to enable extensive modding support, cloud saving and easy-access to your friends and multiplayer modes. Boxed copies will still be available with the game data on DVD for those who prefer a physical copy or have download limits; but the boxed copy will still include a serial code to unlock the game on steam.
This alpha phase will have a limited amount of content until the official Beta starts, slated to be in the second quarter of the year. There’s no release date yet for the finished product, but developers have scheduled it for the third quarter of 2013. The content available will be four showcase missions (Infantry, Vehicles, SCUBA and Helicopter), two multiplayer scenarios, the scenario editor and modding support. One island will be available for play, the island of Stratis, positioned off-coast from the main Island that will feature in the game.
Jay Crowe, Co-Creative Director on Arma 3
The Alpha is going to be available via the pre-order through steam:
- Alpha Lite Free – Invite Only
- Alpha Edition – £24.99 $32.99
- Digital Deluxe Edition – £34.99 $49.99
Both paid options include immediate access to the Alpha, as well as the full game when released. The deluxe edition includes the digital soundtrack, digital maps, digital tactical guide and a Steam Gift copy of Arma: Cold War Assault.
We’ve been told that the price of each addition will increase once the Beta and final game are available – so if you’re sure that you want to play this game, it’s worth getting in early, supporting the developers and saving a few pennies.
Alpha Lite is an invite-only opportunity and will not include the multiplayer component or modding support, but is free. In order to get a key, you need to be invited by someone who has purchased one of the pre-order editions or through giveaways – likely to be following on the usual suspects such as fan sites and social media.
We’ll keep you updated!