Arma 3 is getting its first singleplayer campaign episode on October 31st, Bohemia Interactive confirmed today. Survive will be free if you own the game, while two more episodes are in the pipeline.
"Our first campaign episode, ‘Survive’, introduces players to Ben Kerry, a regular soldier who’s part of a NATO peacekeeping mission in the Mediterranean," explains Jay Crowe, Creative Director on Arma 3. "Following a couple of years of uneasy cease-fire, this US-led deployment is now in the process of a staged drawdown. The vacuum left by withdrawing forces is being rapidly filled by the opposing CSAT faction, creating the conditions for, one might say, a flashpoint.”
We see what he did there. At least he didn't go with a spooky Halloween pun.
“Of course, it's not just about our own story, but another opportunity to provide yet more building blocks for the platform - new weapons, animations, 3D objects, scripted modules - each designed to grant content creators even greater freedom to create and share their own content," Crowe continued. "Looking forward to the forthcoming episodes, we’ll continue to expand Arma 3’s sandbox with additions such as new vehicles.”
We were mightily impressed with Arma 3 in our full review, but weren't able to award it more than a 7/10 due to the lack of curated content and missing features for a full-priced game. We're looking forward to see how Arma 3 evolves over the coming years, thanks both to more curated content from Bohemia and user-created mods.