If there's anything we learned from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal
besides how to survive a nuclear explosion, it's that adding aliens only
makes a successful franchise better. Hence, Bohemia Interactive announces Arma 3
, an upcoming Arma 3
expansion that adds extra terrestrial forces to the
military shooter. This is coming to
on July 25th, and word is will feature "a military science fiction singleplayer
campaign, which will arrive together with a fresh new sandbox terrain, factions,
weapons, vehicles, gear, and more." You can get a first look at the project in
this announcement trailer
and read on for more details, including word on free additions to the base game:
In the “First Contact” singleplayer campaign, players will assume the
role of NATO drone operator Aiden Rudwell, who is deployed to Eastern Europe as
part of a military training exercise. When a massive alien vessel suddenly
enters the atmosphere, you are sent to investigate the extraterrestrial visitors
and determine their intentions. However, amid the tension and chaos, armed
conflict inevitably unfolds. Over the course of the campaign, players will
engage in field science, electronic warfare, and combat reconnaissance, in an
experience delivered in authentic Arma style.
Although conventional infantry engagements can be expected, a significant
portion of the campaign will focus on non-shooting gameplay. This involves
operating a mini UGV sampling laser and CBRN defense equipment to study strange
alien anomalies, as well as controlling the electromagnetic spectrum with the
aptly named Spectrum Device. This advanced modern tool – depending on what
antenna is fitted – can be used for navigation, intelligence gathering, and
Besides its story-driven campaign, the upcoming Contact expansion also brings
various additions to the greater Arma 3 sandbox. One highlight is the massive
new 163 km2 terrain set in the fictional Polish-speaking country of Livonia.
With this new locale come two smaller yet capable fighting forces: Livonian
Defense Force and Russian Spetsnaz. These new factions are equipped with their
own combat fatigues, vests, and helmets. Furthermore, the expansion packs 5
additional weapons, 2 new vehicles plus variants, extra gear, and more.
"Many of us have wondered if humanity is alone in the universe. I, for one, want
to believe we are not. The premise of intelligent life visiting Earth from outer
space has fascinated me since childhood, and combining that with the military
authenticity of Arma 3 always seemed like it would make for a very cool and
unique experience", said Arma 3 Contact Project Lead, Joris-Jan van ‘t Land.
"After our team’s previous project – Laws of War DLC – proved that players enjoy
gameplay that’s a little different, our team felt motivated to go for it. I am
personally very grateful for the opportunity to explore this theme, and I want
to thank all Arma 3 players for their support and making it possible for this
dream to come true."
Key Features of Arma 3 Contact
- Singleplayer campaign “First Contact” – You
are a member of a NATO training deployment to a remote region of Livonia,
presented with a mysterious event that will forever change the face of human
- 163 km2 Livonia terrain – A temperate
summer environment set in a partly abandoned militarized region of the
(fictional) Eastern European country of Livonia.
- 2 Factions – Livonian Defense Force and
Russian Spetsnaz, who are equipped with their own gear, and made complete
with reskinned variants of existing Arma 3 assets, new character faces, and
Polish or Russian radio protocols.
- 5 Weapons – Promet Assault Rifle, RPK-12
Light Machine Gun, AKU-12 Carbine, Mk14 Classic Hunting Rifle, and Kozlice
Shotgun – most of which come with various attachments and camo paints.
- 2 Vehicles – ED-1 Mini UGV (a small
electric tracked robot with a modular chassis and swivel arm that comes in
both a Science and Demining variant) plus the Tractor.
- Gear – CBRN clothing, masks and backpacks,
Spectrum Device, radio backpack, blindfold, and tin foil hat.
- Multiplayer Scenarios – Additional Zeus
Game Master, Combat Patrol, and Warlords scenarios for the new Livonia
- Free Bonus Content – NATO woodland
camouflage, civilian clothing, 100+ decorative props and terrain objects,
and more. These will be made available for free to all owners of Arma 3.