Final ArmA 3 beta update adds Steam Workshop support

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By on August 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Bohemia Interactive has released the final update for ArmA 3 before it releases in full on September 12.

In addition to a bunch of fixes and improvements, the real meat of the patch is the addition of Steam Workshop support. That means you can start sharing, rating, and managing mods through Steam’s pretty wonderful mod support suite, and thanks to ArmA 3′s built-in editor, there should be plenty of content to go around, ranging from quick missions to more detailed scenarios.

Bohemia is pretty fond of user-generated content; after all, Day Z started as an ArmA mod. Here’s the developer’s “Steam Workshop caretaker”, Jiří Zlatohlávek, waxing lyrical on the subject of Valve’s toolset:

“Even though we are dedicated to support the traditional ways of sharing content, used by many of the popular community portals – in the fast and easy to use world of app stores, streaming services and real-time feeds, we felt that sharing user content could be improved. What we see in the Workshop is a faster and easier way both for the creators to get their work out there to players and for the players to find and try it while providing feedback and encouragement, where it’s needed the most.”

Interested in what the full release has that the beta doesn’t? Here’s an hour-long stream capture in which Bohemia talks about that very thing. What it won’t have is a single-player campaign; that’s coming as DLC post-launch.

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To be honest, I won’t miss the single-player campaign. I’ve played every ArmA game since Operation Flashpoint, and I have never completed any of their single-player campaigns – multiplayer coop and insane amounts of community content are really the strengths of the ArmA series. It’s good to see that Bohemia seem to recognise that.

 

Are you sure this is the final pre release patch? They have said they are likely to release Atlis to beta sometime around gamescom (which would mean soon!).

 
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