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Arma III Karts Begins Unusual DLC Plan

Bohemia Interactive has released Arma III Karts as the first paid DLC for Arma III, their military shooter sequel, a pack that originated as an April Fool's joke which they now offer as "a little sidestep in a typically military sandbox." They say a portion of the proceeds from the DLC will be donated to the Czech Red Cross. They also explain this allows paves the way for "the first proper military DLC" for the game as they work out a system that prevents DLC releases from fracturing the multiplayer community by allowing players to play together in spite of level of DLC ownership. This involves the delicate balance of allowing players access to premium content they haven't purchased while maintaining some benefit to those who own the DLC, which will involve some form of nag screens they say will not be advertisements. They offer specific examples of how things will work, and here's a summary:

While the new strategy is somewhat experimental, Bohemia Interactive's plan is to make all Arma 3 downloadable content available to all owners of Arma 3, with reasonable restrictions applied to those who have not purchased them.

Consequently, Bohemia Interactive’s approach will enable those who do and do not own Arma 3 DLC to play together. Furthermore, it provides players with a generous try-before-you-buy system. Players will also be able to purchase the DLC directly from in-game, which will unlock the content immediately without having to download additional data. Alternatively, people can also still buy the DLC out-of-game, directly from the Steam Store. Besides offering advantages to players, the new strategy also benefits the Arma 3 development team, who no longer have to maintain multiple sets of data, and will not need to test every single combination of ownership for every game update. Plus, with regards to future playable content, the development team can, to some degree, rely on all players having access to DLC content and features.

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