It took me a moment to realise that the waddling soldiers of this
trailer had deployed in recognition of the game's "launch". Thanks to playable alpha and beta stages, news of an official release seems a bit anti-climactic. Players have even had access to v1.0's
new feature - the giant main
island of Atlis
- via an opt-in option to download a development build. Still, Arma 3's launch does remove a level of complication. The game is now "out", giving players easy access to all of its features.
That is, all of its features with the exception of the single-player campaign. That's due to arrive in
three free DLC chunks
, one per month over the next three months. Even without them, players now have access to 12 single-player showcases, nine multiplayer scenarios, eight firing drills, and, of course, the mission editor and Steam Workshop catalogue.
The other major effect is on the price. Arma 3