Arma 3 Will Be A Steam Exclusive Game
The development of Arma 3 faced a major setback when two of its developers were arrested in Greece under charges of espionage. The two have since been released, pending further investigation, but the studio’s work on the game has been affected as a result of what happened.
Bohemia Interactive has since announced (via Eurogamer) that the game will only be available as a Steam-exclusive title on the PC because of what the platform has to offer.
“As an independent developer, we’re constantly evaluating the way we develop, distribute and publish games,” Bohemia boss Marek Španel explained. “Valve made tremendous improvements to their system, which made the installation/update process much more user-friendly—for both developers and customers.”
“We realise that some people may find it difficult to migrate to a new platform, especially if they were used to purchasing and playing our games without any external third-party application. We have evaluated the pros and cons, but in the end Steam enables us to release Arma 3, brings massive advantages to the game, and improves the end-user experience. Not to forget, the majority of our players already come from Steam.”
The developer says that their use of Steam will allow them to more easily deploy new content for players, and that Steamworks will allow the game to offer players the ability to share user-generated content.