Bohemia Interactive’s military sim Arma 3 has been around coming up on 3 years now, and there are zero signs that development is slowing anytime soon. In this freshly released video roadmap, Creative Director Jay Crowe goes over the 10 biggest/best changes over 2015 and then the 10 biggest plans for 2016. Bohemia also put everything into point form in their official release, so pop over there if you want to check that out.
2015 was a pretty big year for Arma 3, but 2016 is going to be huge. February will see the release of the free Eden update, which will implement the Eden 3D editor which will greatly simplify creating your own scenarios. Also coming with the Eden update is a new launcher-based server browser, so you won’t have to boot Arma just to join your favorite server. Another big part of the Eden update will be focusing on delivering better sound effects.
The next huge plan for 2016 is the Apex expansion, which unlike the Eden update, you’ll have to pay for. When Apex is released there will also be a platform update that everyone will get access to regardless if you bought it or not, and a whole bunch of premium content for those who do buy it. The thing that has me sold on the Apex update is the new map “Tanoa“, which is a South Pacific archipelago complete with thick jungles and even a volcano! The Apex update will also bring a whole bunch of new vehicles (VTOL!!), equipment, overhauled visuals, and a co-op campaign. The Apex update is scheduled to drop “sometime” in the second quarter of 2016.
Also on the list for 2016 are usability improvements which aim to improve the overall user-experience by decluttering the interactions menu, changing how weapons are swapped, and configuring the game’s overall difficulty. Scripted multiplayer systems are also on the list for 2016, and we’ll see an improvement to things like reviving downed players and also the implementation of Dynamic Groups.