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Arma 3 Alpha Next Week

Bohemia Interactive follows the news that Arma III will be a Steam exclusive with word that an alpha version of the military shooter will be released one week from today on March 5th. The post outlines a release schedule where a beta will be released in Q2 of this year, followed by the game's official launch in Q3, and says that those who purchase the initial alpha are also entitled to these subsequent releases. Those interested in trying the game without the upfront financial commitment will be pleased to know that the paid alpha will be followed a week later by a free Alpha Lite version with no multiplayer or modification support, though this will be invite only, available from friends who buy the game as well as website giveaways. The lite version will expire on June 15th, and does not include access to the beta or the full game. They offer three paid versions with various perks: A standard edition for 24.99 EUR/19.99 GBP/32.99 USD, a Digital Deluxe Edition for 39.99 EUR/34.99 GBP/49.99 USD, and an Arma 3 Supporter Edition for 69.99 EUR/59.99 GBP/91.99 USD. Here's word on what the alpha will offer:

Featured in the Arma 3 Alpha are four showcase missions (Infantry, Vehicles, SCUBA and Helicopter), a limited subset of weapons and vehicles, two multiplayer scenarios, the powerful scenario editor and modding support. The 20 km≤ island of Stratis, which is positioned right off the coast from Arma 3ís main destination ĎAltisí (270 km≤), will form the backdrop of the Arma 3 Alpha.

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30. Re: Arma 3 Alpha Next Week Feb 27, 2013, 14:37 SpectralMeat
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 13:34:
Jerykk wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 12:29:
Your link doesn't say that, though. It just says that the game requires Steam, like any Steamworks game does. I'm pretty sure you'll still be able to buy Steam keys for the game from other distributors, like Amazon, GamersGate, GMG, etc.

It doesn't say that? Did you even bother to read it?

Not only is Arma 3 PC-exclusive, but now we have decided to make it Steam-exclusive as well.

I think you are confusing what Steam exclusive means.
If you read the article they are talking about what a pain it was to have different versions of the game for patching etc., so they will go Steam exclusive in a sense that the game is Steamworks title so you will not be able to play it anywhere else but on Steam.
I remeber the previous games had different versions (amazon.com download, retail DVD disc, Steam version, etc) With Arma3 there will be only Steam version which you can buy wherever you buy your games and you will receive a steam key, just like how it is with any other Steamworks title like Dishonored for example.

I personally have never seen a game that you could only purchase on Steam and obviously this one will not be any different as they say you can buy the boxed DVD version in the store, so I am sure you will be able to buy the digital download Steam key anywhere else as well, like Greenmangaming or amazon.

We will see when the game releases, not that it matters much.
 
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