Arma 3 roadmap for 2014 and 2015 - DLC Strategy

Korneel van 't Land informed us Bohemia Interactive released the 2014 - 2015 development roadmap for the Arma 3 DLC.
In this roadmap you can find more detailed info about:
  • The Playerbase: Bridging The Divide
  • The Details: DLC Strategy
  • The Walkthrough: Owned & Unowned DLC
  • The Test Drive: Arma 3 Karts
  • The Starting Line: Go, Go, Go!
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    Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday 29th May 2014

    A few weeks ago we shared the first details on our roadmap for Arma 3, outlining what we're working on for the years 2014 and 2015. We discussed further support, such as the free Bootcamp Update, revealed two premium DownLoadable Content (DLC) packages, and provided a first glance at a future Expansion.

    Today, we'd like to follow-up on that and explain how this new content fits into the Arma 3 platform, mainly with regards to preventing a split in our playerbase. To frame our plans, let's take a look at the way DLC is typically handled in games, the way we did it for Arma 2, and our motivations for changing this up in Arma 3.

    The Playerbase: Bridging The Divide
    Game content sold after the initial release often fractures the player-base: those who own the content and those who don't. Many games take this for granted. Most noticeable in the multiplayer environment, this split prevents players who don't own DLC from joining and playing with friends who do own it. In many modern games, if you don't own, for example, a vehicle pack, you cannot join servers that use those vehicles.

    The Details: DLC Strategy
    To explain the system a bit more thoroughly, while you'll be able to use premium content everywhere - in singleplayer, the editor and multiplayer - if you haven't yet purchased it, notifications will be shown. These become more prominent the longer you use an unowned asset - and only when you're using it - we have no intention to present 'ads' to you when you are not actively playing with unowned content.

    The Walkthrough: Owned & Unowned DLC
    Time to explore an example. Say, we will include a new helicopter and showcase scenario as part of the paid Arma 3 Helicopters DLC. When it releases on Steam, a free game update to Arma 3 is released at the same time - containing all data belonging to the Helicopters DLC (including all premium content) - for everyone.

    The Starting Line: Go, Go, Go!
    The Karts DLC is available right now! Update the Arma 3 main game to version 1.20 and find various in-game options to purchase it (or buy directly from our store). Since we consider the Karts DLC to be more of a fun little side-step - and also as a way to trial our DLC business model.

You can read the full article here: Arma 3 roadmap for 2014 and 2015 - DLC Strategy.

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Written on 2014-05-29 21:11 by Bohemia Interactive  

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