Bohemia Interactive has revealed an all-new “spin-off expansion” for Arma 3, its ultra-realistic first-person military combat simulator. Entitled “Contact” (a play on the main word Arma’s automated warrior voices utter when they recognized an enemy), the development will see players assume the role of a NATO drone operator in Eastern Europe amid humanity’s first contact with aliens. Wait, what?
Yes, that’s the truth, aliens, as in weirdos from another planet: “When a huge number of alien vessel abruptly enters the atmosphere, you are sent to investigate the extraterrestrial guests and determine their intentions. However, during the strain and chaos, armed conflict inevitably unfolds. Through the course of the campaign, players will participate in field science, electronic warfare, and combat reconnaissance, in an encounter conveyed in authentic Arma style.”
There will be shooting, as you’d anticipate from Arma, yet much of the campaign will be centered on other, increasingly cerebral activities, incorporating studying alien anomalies with a mini UGV sampling later and CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear] safeguard equipment, and using another spectrum Device tool to control the electromagnetic range for navigation, Intel, and deception purposes.
“Many of us have thought about whether humanity is alone in the world. I, for one, want to trust we are not. The reason of intelligent life visiting Earth from space has intrigued me since childhood, and joining that with the military authenticity of Arma 3 dependably seemed as it would make for a cool and exceptional experience”, project lead Joris-Jan van ‘t Land said.
“After our team’s past project—Laws of War DLC—demonstrated that players enjoy gameplay that’s a little different, our team felt persuaded to go for it. I am personally very appreciative for the chance to explore this theme, and I need to thank all Arma 3 players for their help and making it workable for this dream to come true.”
Arma 3 Contact will include 163 square kilometers of new territory in the fictional Eastern European nation of Livonia. The Livonian Defense Force and Russian Spetsnaz factions will unite the gathering with new weapons, vehicles, and gear incorporating the Promet Assault Rifle, RPK-12 LMG, AKU-12 carbine, CBRN clothing, masks, and backpacks, and a tractor—this is Eastern Europe, after all. There will additionally be new multiplayer situation set on the new terrain, and free reward content for all players including NATO woodland camouflage, civilian clothing, and in excess of 100 props and terrain objects.
Encountering aliens on the Planet’s most well known military sim is unexpected, yet as van ‘t Land said, Arma 3 is not a straight-up shooter: The Law of War DLC released in 2017 set players up as members of a non-combat NGO and centered on the results of battle rather than the combat itself. Sales of that DLC raised nearly $177000 for the ICRC. And if and when aliens do make contact, it will no uncertainty be the militaries of the world who handle (and presumably mess up) the first contact.
Arma 3 Contact is slated for release on July 25 and will go for $28/£22/€25 on Steam or the Bohemia Store, with a 10% discount accessible until August 1. It will additionally be accessible as part of the Arma 3 Contact Edition, which incorporates the base game and the expansion at a discounted rate.
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And for truly devoted fans, there’s the Bohemia-exclusive Arma 3 Contact Collector’s Edition, which incorporates the base game and expansion, a field case, a couple of walkie-talkies, an EMF-blocking Faraday cage storage container (which might really block EM fields, Bohemia wasn’t super-clear on that however did say that it will look incredible sitting on a shelf), a topographic map of Livonia, an Arma 3 Contact poster, two stickers, and the pièce de résistance, a pair of tinfoil hats, to guarantee “your thoughts still your own.” Conspiracy theories are excluded.