ArmA 3 Will Have a ‘Player Alpha’ After E3, Extensive Beta

Bohemia will offer a “community alpha” testing phase of ArmA 3 after it shows the game off at E3 this year — and if you like that, you’ll love to hear that there’s a big player beta test coming, too.

As VG247 reports, Bohemia Project Lead Dan Musil said the company is going to release a playable build of the PC exclusive, which it refers to as the community alpha. That will be open to players and made available for the purpose of shaping and honing content. It won’t include a ton in the way of assets, Musil said, and will instead focus on new game systems and the like and be used to gather player feedback.

“Ours is a large and complex game – being developed by a relatively small team – so we really appreciate your opinions, thoughts and feedback,” he said. And the early look at the engine and the technology will allow modders to get to work.

Musil said there would later be a more extensive beta of ARMA III, although he said the details haven’t been worked out yet and would be made available closer to launch.

All this community involvement sounds like a good idea. Bohemia recently announced it was delaying ARMA III until Q4 2012 because the game needed more development time, and by opening up early builds of the game, it seems the dev team might be able to get players to help with quality assurance early in the process.

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1 Comment on ArmA 3 Will Have a ‘Player Alpha’ After E3, Extensive Beta

dion

On February 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

The bottom line is for every game to make money. Was ARMA 2 a success? Was making it FREE a good thing later on? Will this – ARMA3 follow the same route and how will it be different than ARMA 2. I don’t mean graphics but gameplay and modding. The problem lies in something between a simulation with TOO many details as opposed to Arcadish which caters to playing with realism becoming unreal. I suppose the truth (imho) is somewhere in between and hopefully a success and a money maker as well. I have some ideas in my mind but don’t know if they would be popular as they restrict some aspects of the rules of the game but give better playability to each side. I guess we will see.