After a uniquely challenging development period, ArmA 3 (armed assault) is set to go public alpha testing sometime next week. From the 5th of March, pre-orders for the realistic military simulator will go live through Steam, offering access to anyone who purchases either the Alpha version or the Digital / Deluxe editions of the games.
Inside the alpha trial, four missions will be include. Some of which include "Infantry" "Vehicles" "SCUBA" and "Helicopter". Not much of a selection, but also, the alpha will include a limited selection of vehicles, two multiplayer scenarios, weapons, and the scenario editor and modding support (Always useful!). All of this exciting action will be taking place on the 20 km wide island named 'Stratis'.
"The ArmA 3 Alpha is a big milestone in the project's development" says the co-director, Jay Crowe. "Testing early and often puts us on the right track towards improving performance, stability and delivering on our goal of creating a robust final release. It's also a big opportunity to get the game in the hands of our passionate and loyal community, which enables them to start work on their own creations using our modding system, tailored to the fourth generation of the Real Virtuality engine.
Don't want to buy ArmA 3 to get access to the alpha? Don't worry, a free version of the alpha under the name of Arma 3 Alpha Lite will also be avaliable a week after the purchase edition has been released, from March 14th. The lite version doesn't include multiplayer and modding support. Using the link below, find a comparison of what you get in the free alpha, and what you can get in the purchased alpha.