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Arma 3 beta bundles released

Arma 3 beta bundles released

Arma 3 is now available as a beta, but you'll have to pay for the privilege of early access by picking up one of three bundles starting at £29.99.

Military simulation Arma 3 has now entered its public beta stage, with Bohemia Interactive offering three different bundles for sale to those who want an early start on the next iteration of the series.

Known for a focus on realism, Arma 2 was well received even before zombie-themed conversion DayZ exploded in popularity. Despite delays in its production, including a somewhat hairy period in which developers were arrested on suspicion of spying when they allegedly took pictures of Greek military bases, the game is now proceeding well. Accordingly, its alpha status has now been upgraded to beta, with those who already had alpha access receiving a free bump.

In deference to the growing trend towards funding incomplete titles, partly due to the incredible success of Mojang's Minecraft and partly due to the growth of crowd-funding services like Kickstarter, the company behind the game isn't offering the beta for free, though. For the pleasure of helping Bohemia Interactive find and iron out the game's bugs, players will be asked to shell out cash for one of three bundles - although they will, naturally, be upgraded to the full game upon release.

The two bundles, available through Steam, are the Arma 3 Beta at £29.99, which provides bare-bones access to the game on Valve's digital distribution platform plus a copy of the full game upon release, and the Digital Deluxe Edition at £39.99, which adds maps for the game's levels, a tactical guide, the official soundtrack, and a copy of the original Arma: Cold War Assault among other extras - all but the latter of which will only be provided when the game is finished and formally released.

Those who go direct to Bohemia for their purchase are given a third option: the £59.99 Supporter Edition. As well as access to the beta and a copy of the full game plus all the content of the Digital Deluxe Edition, buyers will get a Steam Gift of the Arma X: Anniversary Edition bundle, which includes all Arma titles to date with extras, soundtracks and artwork packages, a unique badge for the Bohemia Interactive forums, and free access to all future downloadable content packs for Arma 3.

The first two bundles can be picked up from the game's Steam page, while the latter is exclusively available on the Bohemia Interactive Store.

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konstantine 27th June 2013, 01:22 Quote
This game is so boring, it's a blood boiler. The visuals are alright, not anything that will blow you out of water. The mechanics are chunky and clumsy. I wouldn't call the game a polished one, in terms of both graphics and mechanics.
The gameplay is worse on the same scale. You're supposed to kill people you never see properly using a mid-range scope. It's not a battlefiled game, and it doesn't feel like a decent arcadish game...
CrazyJoe 27th June 2013, 03:27 Quote
No mention that that the Alpha was available on Steam for the last few months at £19.99? That's when I picked it up.
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It's not a battlefiled game, and it doesn't feel like a decent arcadish game...

If you're looking for anything remotely like an arcade game, you're in the wrong place.

As for the graphics, they look great, especially when you look at the maps that have been ported over from Arma 2, the difference is huge.
Gareth Halfacree 27th June 2013, 08:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by CrazyJoe
No mention that that the Alpha was available on Steam for the last few months at £19.99? That's when I picked it up.
I didn't mention the price - which is academic, 'cos the cheapest you can get entry for now is £29.99 - but the alpha's mentioned right there in the article:
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Accordingly, its alpha status has now been upgraded to beta, with those who already had alpha access receiving a free bump.
CrazyJoe 27th June 2013, 09:39 Quote
I know, nothing wrong with a bit of extra info though, especially with the sliding price scale they are using, looks like the price will be £40 on release.

I wasn't sure if you were aware of the alpha as you say:
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for sale to those who want an early start on the next iteration of the series.
which is a bit off as if you wanted an early start, you would've bought it months ago.
Gareth Halfacree 27th June 2013, 09:59 Quote
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which is a bit off as if you wanted an early start, you would've bought it months ago.
Fair point - should have added "but didn't pick up the alpha in time!"
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