Bohemia Interactive today announced the release date for its upcoming tactical military shooter, Arma 3: September 12, 2013. It will release simultaneously at retail and digitally, though the campaign has been split into three downloadable episodes.
"Bohemia Interactive is planning to release Arma 3’s campaign in 3 free episodes after the game’s initial launch," reads a statement from the studio. "Supplied as free DLC, the first episode, Survive, will be made available within one month, while the following episodes, Adapt and Win, are slated for release in the months thereafter."
Arma 3 will therefore launch with the large island terrains of Altis (270 km²) and Stratis (20 km²), 12 singleplayer showcase missions, 3 faction showcases, 9 multiplayer scenarios, a set of 10 firing drill challenges, 20+ vehicles, 40+ weapons, 5 factions and the scenario editor. There'll also be full mod support frm release.
Joris-Jan van ‘t Land, Project Lead on Arma 3, elaborated on the decision. “This was not a decision we made lightly," he said. "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.”