Arma 3 the massive military #FPS that has been both developed and published by #BohemiaInteractive. As a popular title on Steam, the #developers have acknowledged a Linux version is currently in the works
As more developers are porting their titles to Linux due to Valve preparing to launch their Steam Machines in a couple of months. Bohemia Interactive mentioned a while back that they would look into developing a non-native port for Arma 3, and they are making progress.
@d10sfan Hi. We've been testing the experimental ports as Beta in-house and it's looking promising. More details coming up!
— Arma 3 (@Arma3official) August 3, 2015
We have yet to confirm what wrapper will be used for Arma 3 and how the title will perform on Linux, even if not a native port. Naturally most gamers would rather to have a native port, but seeing how the platform is still new for most, releasing a port within the budget seems to be the main objective for many developers. Therefore we are hoping the quality of the Linux wrapper will be better than expected with a minimal system impact.
Key Features of Arma 3
- Altis & Stratis
Defeat your enemy on a richly detailed, open-world battlefield – stretching over 290 km² of Mediterranean island terrain. From expansive cities to rolling hills, whether steamrolling your tank across the dusty plains, flying a transport helicopter over the dense forests, or waging asymmetric warfare from the rocky hills, the islands of Altis and Stratis are dynamic worlds, which lend themselves to the most varied engagements in gaming.
- Weapons & Vehicles
Head into combat on foot, drive armored vehicles, or take to the skies in helicopters and jets. Conduct a combined arms attack over air, land, and sea, with over 20 vehicles to drive and pilot, 40+ weapons to pick from, customizable loadouts with short- and long-distance attachments, and various types of gear to suit your needs on the battlefield. With a massive arsenal at your disposal, Arma 3 moves you into a world of tactical opportunities.
Follow the story of Ben Kerry, a soldier who gets caught up in a Mediterranean flashpoint, across three gameplay-driven campaign episodes: Survive, Adapt, Win. Immerse yourself in Arma 3’s diverse gameplay by completing the focused showcase scenarios. Run through the competitive firing drills to hone your shooting and movement skills, and complete your training by signing up to Arma 3 Bootcamp, which features SP and MP tutorials, and a dedicated Virtual Reality practice environment.
Fight online in the massive military sandbox that is Arma 3. Form a squad and team up against your enemy in the official Defend and Seize multiplayer scenarios. Or jump into one of the many popular unofficial game modes developed by the Arma 3 community. Experience a new form of multiplayer in Arma 3 Zeus, where Game Masters have the ability to influence the battlefield of other players in real-time.
- Content Creation
Start creating your own experiences with Arma 3’s intuitive scenario editor and powerful modding tools. Enjoy a platform filled with player-created content, ranging from custom weapons and vehicles, to intense singleplayer scenarios and entirely new multiplayer game modes. Share and discover content on the Arma 3 Steam Workshop, which lets you install player-created content with a click of a button.
- Revamped Engine
Navigate the battlefield with fluid new animations; feel the devastating power of combat with the upgraded sound engine, new ragdoll simulation and PhysX™-supported vehicles. Pushed forward by game-changing innovations, the highly moddable Real Virtuality™ 4 engine powers a new generation of Arma with even more stunning graphics, broad simulation gameplay, and massive sandbox terrains.
Update August 20th from Bohemia Interactive:
- There will be a public beta, hopefully soon. Anyone with Arma 3 will be able to test the beta.
- We consider these ports experimental and limited in some ways. They will be a free bonus to owners of Arma 3 (on PC). We don’t consider them full ports, and some of the limitations may never be addressed for Arma 3.
- They use a Virtual Programming wrapper indeed. We’ve outsourced development of these ports, because the Arma 3 team itself is working on the primary PC version and the expansion for it.
- Linux Dedicated Servers have of course been available for a long time, which has helped the MP community to grow. We hope these experimental clients will give gamers on those 2 platforms a taste of Arma 3 as well!