Arma 3 to be Steam-exclusive
Bohemia Interactive has announced their upcoming shooter, Arma 3, will be available exclusively on Steam. Bohemia Interactive also dropped hints that the game will have some form of Steamworks functionality.
Bohemia Interactive’s reasoning for choosing Steam was explained in the “Full Steam Ahead” blog post. The overall reason why Bohemia Interactive chose to release the game on steam was down to difficulty in development, which also included the incident in Greece. As stated in the blog, if it wasn’t for Steam, Arma 3 wouldn’t have made a 2013 release.
Bohemia Interactive’s founder and CEO, Marek Španěl, explained the reasons behind using Valve’s Steam.
“As an independent developer, we’re constantly evaluating the way we develop, distribute and publish games. Valve made tremendous improvements to their system, which made the installation/update process much more user-friendly – for both developers and customers”,
“We realize 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.”
Also, Bohemia Interactive’s Joris-Jan van ‘t Land dropped some hints that Arma 3 might include some Steamworks functionality. Joris said, “Valve’s Steamworks offers some cool features that can help us to enhance the Arma experience where it matters. We’ll save the exact details for a later update, but to summarize our priorities in two key words: user-generated content and multiplayer.”
To learn more about Arma 3, visit http://www.arma3.com/.
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