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Arma 3 beta finally breaks out

By Michael Jamias
arma 3 beta launch

Absolute mayhem erupts as Bohemia Interactive's military mmofps releases beta version.

Arma 3 Beta expands the existing content available in the Arma 3 Alpha version. New playable features include the 20 km² island of Stratis, 20 weapons, 18 vehicles, 3 factions, 8 showcase missions, 4 multiplayer scenarios, 4 challenges, the scenario editor and modding support.

The Arma 3 Beta will be pay to play but has flexible purchase options for fans. Players who only want the barebones content can choose to purchase the regular Arma 3 Beta ($44.99) via Steam or

Those who want a little extra can consider laying down a little more cash for the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition ($59.99 USD) or even snag the Arma 3 Supporter Edition ($91.99 USD).

A very important note from developers is that purchasing the Arma 3 Beta now gives players the privilege to own the final full version of the game when it comes out in the future. Arma 3 Alpha participants will also be given access to Arma 3 beta by downloading the automatic update on Steam.

For mmo fans who may be scratching their heads and asking: "This is not the full game?" the basic explanation is that Arma 3 developers decided to release working versions of the game for calibrated prices. Arma 3 Alpha was sold for less than Arma 3 Beta but the former contained less content.

This strategy was seen by many as a way to keep cash flowing and players already invested in the game even as developers worked to complete the full version of the tactical military shooter.

“The Beta is a big opportunity for us to involve more players in Arma 3's development and is the next step along the road towards our full release. With a variety of new single player and multiplayer scenarios and a whole bunch of new sandbox content, we're looking forward to introducing players to what true combined arms combat really means in Arma 3," said Jay Crowe, Creative Director on Arma 3.

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