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ARMA II Interview

ArmA II's Ivan Buchta Discusses His Plans to Create an Authentic Military Simulator on GameZone is an interview with Ivan Buchta, talking with the Lead Designer at Bohemia Interactive Studios about their military shooter sequel. They go into detail about some of the more realistic aspects of the game design as well as the story, game environments, and other gameplay elements. When asked about "confusion" over ARMA II release plans, he expresses no confusion at all: "ArmA 2 is going to be released worldwide for PC in the beginning of this summer. No releases for any other platforms are confirmed at the moment."

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22. Re: ARMA II Interview May 30, 2009, 21:07 TeeCee
 
I have not experienced any bugs since 1.16

A quick reminder - just how long ago was the 1.16 patch released (which I would argue puts the game in a reasonably polished state) compared to when Arma1 hit the market in its beta-state?

Answer: Arma was launched in Nov 2006 (more widely May 2007), the 1.16 patch in April 2009. Thats 2 years for their title to end it's endless succession of bug fixes, performance tweaks and OS compatibility issues (woo, finally vista 64 bit support with >3GB RAM). The framerate performance from launch to now is practically double, stability improved a hundred fold, and hundres of glaring bugs quashed. It should have been more like this on release, I do not care for being an ongoing beta tester.

On one hand I am pleased to see a developer so committed to ongoing support like BIS, and so engaged with its playerbase (see their forums). But the fact is they just arent capable of pushing out a polished title at launch. ArmA was a repetition of OpFlashes patch cycle, launch problems and continual fix/breaking. Now we have ArmA2 which looks to be sharing the exact same fate.

The stories about the German release read like deja vu to ArmA's, and the CEO's comments on the last ArmA article were just plain embarrasing to read. I still never finished ArmA's single player campaign because it kept failing on me and suffering AI navigation issues. I find it sadly amusing that the new game has precisely the same problem.

Don't get me wrong, I have been an avid fan of Opflash, ArmA and their expansion packs. I have had countless enjoyment from coop games, mission editing, addon editing, running whacky games, running dedicated servers for the community and sunk probably hundreds of hours into it. However now faced with a choice of a 'fresh coding slate' with Codemasters and Flashpoint Dragon Rising, I am afraid I am turning my back on BIS. Everything about the videos and screenshots screams ArmA1.5. You can see the same game - and with it I can practically see all the quirky mission scripting errors and game glitches screaming back at me.

Sorry BIS, one time too many for me.
 
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