Bohemia Interactive Announces ARMA IIIBy Rick Givens | May 19, 2011 | News | 1 comment | Share
Bohemia Interactive announced it is hard at work developing the next sequel in the Armed Assualt series, ARMA III. Known for being a challenging tactical military simulator, the ARMA series of games has always been on my must have list. Looking at the screenshots below, this game will be at the top of that list in the near future.
There are a few details out there, the release date is set for 2012, and there are reports the game will be featured at E3. Specification wise, you may want to turn an eye to upgrades, while certainly not a resource hungry monster, it does demand the Windows 7 or Vista Operating System, a Core i5 or Phenom X4 CPU, 2 GB RAM, and at least a 896 MB Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 or ATI Radeon HD 5770. DirectX 9 is gone too, you must have at least DirectX 10 and 15GB of Hard Drive space. Like I said, not a complete beast, but this one eats raw meat, I know that I will have to upgrade at least my video card.
As far as the story, well it goes something like this: “After years of intense warfare against Eastern armies, Europe has become the last stand for the battered NATO forces. On the verge of being driven into the sea, NATO command embarks upon a most desperate measure. In the hope of seizing what seems to be a well-guarded military secret, Operation Magnitude is launched. A small group of Special Forces and Researchers are sent to a Mediterranean island deep behind enemy lines. However, the mission is compromised and the task force destroyed, leaving Cpt. Scott Miller washed ashore upon the hostile island. In his effort to carry out the mission, he will face the dangers of modern warfare, an unforgiving environment, and the consequences of his own decisions.”
Key features include the Single Player Campaign, which evolves eventually into that of a military commander in an open ended story. You also have the veritable treasure trove of weapons and vehicles, and the ability to customize the loadout of your Troop. The animation system has been revamped too, taking advantage of Nvidia’s PhysX for supporting the vehicle simulations, and geographical terrain features modeled after actual locations.
What else do we like? Multiplayer of course! ARMA III will feature both co-op and competitive style gameplay along with full support for Dedicated Servers, which means either Windows or Linux. Lastly the game will feature a mission editor, making customizable scenarios and possible modding something we can all look forward to. Load up, strap in and rack those charging handles to the rear, I will see you on the battlefield. Oh, and hands off the Comanche, it is mine.