ARMA 3 is an open world tactical shooter being developed by Bohemia Interactive.
Bohemia Interactive chose to release ARMA 3 in a unique way, releasing the game before it was complete in order to build it in accordance to the community's feedback. ARMA 3 is set to be released in three publicly-available stages: Alpha, Beta, and Full Game. ARMA 3 Alpha was released March 5, 2013, and ARMA 3 Beta was released June 25th, 2013. The official release of ARMA 3 was September 12th, 2013.
In Arma 3’s campaign, players take on the role of Coropal Ben Kerry, a soldier who is a part of the NATO peacekeeping operation in the Mediterranean. Five years after the bloody civil war in the Republic of Altis & Stratis came to an end, NATO has started to withdraw its forces from the region - unknowingly creating the conditions for a Mediterranean flashpoint. Kerry's unit, 'Task Force Aegis' - together with a clandestine group of UKSF operators - is soon caught up in a situation beyond their control, and trapped in a fight for survival. Bohemia Interactive has stated that the campaign will be released in 3 free DLCs. The first campaign episode, Survive, was released on October 31.
Episode 1: SurviveEdit
The episode starts with NATO forces cleaning up and moving from Stratis. Coropal Ben Kerry and Staff Seregant Adams taking a helicopter ride to Camp Rogain. Once there, a soldier tells Kerry that Commander McKennon required Logistical support ar Kanimo. Kerry and Adams drive a truck to Kanimo, passing by a AAF check point. On the way there, they saw MacKennon's car flipped over, with the Commander lying on the ground. After Adams fails to revive MacKennon, they turn to find Kanimo under fire.
Kerry and Adams run into the forest where the AAF fire upon them. Broadway tells the stationed troops that the AAF are now hostile. Meanwhile, Camp Rogain went under attack, and the airbase and Mike-26 went under AAF control. Kerry and Adams try to regroup at Point X-ray, but also found it attacked. Once they cleared X-ray a chopper tells Adams to meet them at LZ Baldy. The chopper was soon blown up by an AAF airplane while Kerry and Adams were fighting AAF on the way. After the chopper blew up, Adams orders a retreat into the forest, much to Kerry's dismay.
After hiding from a AAF chopper in the forest, Adams gets a signal from Seregant Lacey. On the way to Lacey's squad, Adams steps on a landmine, leaving Kerry alone. Kerry passes through the patrolling AAF and joins up with Lacey's four man squad. They get another signal from British special forces to meet them at a group of houses. Kerry's squad fights through the forest and meets up with LT James who takes them to the formerly abandoned British Camp Maxwell, which becomes the last base for surviving NATO troops.
The team meets up with Capt Miller, the highest CO in the base and leader of a CTRG team stationed in Stratis. He tells of the situation in Stratis and stages a war on the AAF. He splits the troops into four squads. Alpha (Kerry's team) is the main assualt squad, Bravo, led by Lacey is the recon squad, Charlie does the support and Delta is Miller's CTRG team led by Miller himself.
The NATO troops wage Gurellia war on the AAF. They attempt to rescue a downed pilot from invading troops, but the pilot dies in the battle, and the helicopter was blown up by Kerry. Next, Alpha and Bravo stage an assualt on AAF base Mike-26 with Charlie providing Mortar support and Delta attempting to communicate to MEDCOM. After dealing with the defenders and a counterattack, Delta fails to connect since the coms are rigged so Delta blows up the building. When Kerry gets back, Bravo is found to be under fire in the town of Grina. Alpha rescues Bravo and kills off the AAF mortar team. When Bravo is rescued, Miller finds about the AAF general known as Goblin who arrived in Grina. He appoints James to lead a team underwater to get to the other side while Bravo had the other end. They close in and kill the AAF troops stationed there, but they find out they killed a different high ranking officer and not Goblin.
Miller manages to contact the Altis/Stratis resistance group FIA and they agree to resupply the NATO troops at LZ Connor. When the NATO troops get near, they meet their contact Nikos. Shortly afterwards, AAF troops ambush them and Nikos disappears. When they get there, they find the FIA contacts killed. Shortly after arrival, Camp Maxwell gets attacked by mortars. The NATO troops get to Maxwell to find it heavily destroyed. Miller gathers the surviving men and tells them that he managed to contact MEDCOM and that NATO reinforcements will be on the way, but first they need to clear Agios Efstratios so they can have a landing. Alpha and Bravo meet up and makean attack on Agios while Charlie covers their flank and Delta attacks Agios Efstratios from another point. Just as the AAF retreat, CSAT launches an invasion on Stratis. Charlie gets attacked and loses communication while Delta gets boats for Alpha and Bravo to escape. They managed to escape.
On the boats, Kerry asks Miller where they're going. Miller plans to go to Altis to meet up with FIA. Among the way, the boats get attacked and the screen cuts to "To be continued".
ARMA 3 can be played in both third person and first person view modes. Many vehicles, including tanks, cars, motorcycles, helicopters, and quads, can be driven by players in the game. ARMA 3 also features scuba diving, where the player must accomplish tasks underwater and can hide themselves while submerged.
ARMA 3 has multiplayer gameplay with support for over 100 concurrent gamers. Multiplayer servers can be found through the in-game browser or through third-party websites such as ARMA 3 Server List or Game Tracker .
The official site describes and confirms the following game factions:
Decades of economic and political turbulence across member states has left NATO weakened and facing a strategic paradigm shift.With CSAT political and military influence dominating from the pacific to the Mediterranean, NATO seeks to consolidate their diminished forces around traditional strongholds. As tensions continue to grow in the east, a US-led joint NATO-AAF peacekeeping force stationed on Stratis- Task Force Aegis- is in the middle of a staged drawdown.
The remaining units- a company of combat units, a helicopter squadron, and support staff under the command of Col. Andrew MacKinnon- are chiefly involved in dismantling military infrastructure and decommissioning vehicles in preparation of their final withdrawal, a the US shifts the focus of its conventional forces to the pacific theater.
FIA is the resistance group made of Altian locals take go up against AAF.
The presence of Iranian Armed Forces in the Aegean is estimated to consist of a battalion-sized combined fighting force with conventional capabilities. This deployment is concentrated around a newly constructed military base, adjacent to a former NATO/Greek air force base (ICAO: LGLM). The majority of this force is designated to base perimeter protection and a counter-insurgency campaign, fending off the threat posed by an active local resistance movement.
The equipment and order of battle of the Iranian troops is reportedly compliant with the common Resource Zone Protection Force structure, including enhanced defensive, ELINT and SIGINT capabilities. Due to the proximity of the Turkish coast, the force is estimated to be fairly well supplied. In-game, the Iranian Armed Forces are named 'CSAT'.
The Independent Faction consists of well armed troops dressed in green digital camouflage hense the nickname 'GREENFOR'. Mainly the regiments deployed on Stratis during the events of 2034. In-game, the faction is named 'AAF', for Altian Armed Forces. Another Independent faction exists, named 'FIA', and appears to be the Altian resistance.