Tactical Strike: ArmA Goes Full XCOM On Nvidia’s Shield

By Nathan Grayson on January 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Hey tiny ArmA soldier man who’s tiny now, something’s different about you. Something tremendous, but in a comparatively puny package. But what– sorry, WHAT COULD IT BE. Oh, wait, you’re the one who should be shouting to compensate for your newly diminutive stature? Not me? Right, I always get that mixed up. Anyway, I guess I’m just going to give up on guessing now– wait! I figured it out! I’ve become a giant. Now all will cower before me and write melodious odes to my unkempt toenails. Or I suppose Bohemia could be downsizing and XCOM-ifying ArmA’s brand of modern military simulation for Nvidia’s Project Shield gizmo, but no, that’d just be crazy.

ArmA Tactics is being developed as a showcase for Nvidia’s upcoming portable powerhouse, though Bohemia’s pretty strongly suggested that regular PCs will also get their own itsy bitsy army men to fling about in the sandbox. Here’s the basic idea behind ArmA’s not quite so in-your-face edition:

“Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where the player takes control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies, rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to the player to decide how he will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with randomized objectives.”

Apparently we will, in the process, go brain-to-brain against “many different opponents – ranging from unorganized local militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.” No aliens, however, sadly. Also, Bohemia made sure to emphasize that there will be so many graphics. Motion-capture, “sophisticated” particles (I like to imagine they wear tiny little monocles), and post-processing effects top the list, suggesting that Nvidia and Bohemia are trying their damndest to dispel the “bigger is better” myth.

Of course, any sort of hardware showcase runs the risk of coming in feature-light and whizzbang-special-effects-heavy, so that’s something to keep an eye out for here as well. Fortunately, a full single-player campaign, “special” game modes, individual character progression, and randomly generated side missions at least make ArmA Tactics sound like a big deal. But then again, it’s easy to write a fact sheet. It’s a fair bit harder to ensure it’s not all just fiction. We’ll find out once this year’s second Q rolls around. So spring-ish, I guess.

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    c-Row says:

    More turn-based strategy games never is a bad thing. I wonder whether XCOM’s success has something to do with it?

    • Kaira- says:

      Maybe, or it’s just a freak co-incidence. Anyhow, I’m not going to complain. Except that I need a PC equivalent of Tactics Ogre. Get on to it, devs!

      • apocraphyn says:

        That would be lovely.

        There was an indie game that was posted about several months back that evoked some Tactics Ogre-esque vibes. Have to admit, though, I’ve forgotten precisely what it was called.

    • Syra says:

      Fallout Tactics rip off though?

  2. H-Hour says:

    There are not a lot of really tactically interesting games in this genre, so I’ll look forward to it if it isn’t just a lazy spin-off of the Arma brand. If they really pay attention to the tactics and not just the authenticity of uniforms, it has promise.

    • BobbyDylan says:

      Indeed. Colour me excited.

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      Gap Gen says:

      Yeah, I’m viewing this positively. It’s possible that Bohemia will create a flop, but I’d like to think that their current experience with milsims will count in their favour.

  3. marsilainen says:

    I’m more interested of the streaming abilities of the device. I hope there will be some kind of small appletv style device that can stream my pc games the same way as the shield does but without the goofy controller.

  4. Crazy Horse says:

    Sounds like something with a heavy multiplayer focus. If the game is even halfway decent then then I might fork over some cash for some TBS mayhem online. Here’s hoping it gets a PC version. Not a lot happening in the multiplayer TBS arena at the moment besides that viking-themed browser-based game which should be released this year.

    This reminds I’ve completely forgotten to finish Frozen Synapse or even try out the multiplayer mode. Shame on me.

  5. Inigo says:

    randomized objectives

    But for some reason they all read OORAAH DEBBADAWW

  6. Mr. Mister says:

    That quote makes it sound like there’ll be no turorial whatsoever.

  7. WoundedBum says:

    I want to be on a team with people called Stan, Ian and Derek :(

  8. Dudeist says:

    Something like a Full Spectrum Warrior Free Full Game http://www.gamershell.com/download_33784.shtml . I’m not against ;)

  9. Grey Poupon says:

    Looks more like Jagged Alliance than X-Com to me. Hope it has some sort of time units instead of moves.

    • H-Hour says:

      It look like they’ve got 1/2 AP on each soldier, so taking that much from XCOM.

  10. IDtenT says:

    Never go full XCOM.

  11. malkav11 says:

    Well, hopefully it’ll come to PC. Developing just for Nvidia’s funky gadget strikes me as about the level of wisdom Palladium displayed when they positioned the videogame version of Rifts as an exclusive for the N-Gage.

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    FullMetalMonkey says:

    Reading the Graysons words of report whilst hungover makes my head and eyes hurt

  13. Koozer says:

    Because of course the main thing we look for in TBSs are how many graphics per second there are.

  14. zeekthegeek says:

    Lets manage our expectations here: this is probably an android game if it’s being developed to run natively on Shield. Probably complete with kludgy touch control.

  15. Tuco says:

    I would buy this on PC in a heartbeat.

  16. wodin says:

    Instant Buy.

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    • Shiloh says:

      Ahem. He bought a Mazda MX-5, as he clearly states. Now, I’m no Jeremy Clarkson, but I *think* that that makes him a sensible Betty when it comes to affordable yet fun roadsters with decent sell-on value.

      He was bringing home $79 per hour almost straight off the bat, you know.

  18. larme113 says:

    I am okay with this

  19. hypercrisis says:

    Every turn based strategy is now ‘xcom’

  20. Josh W says:

    So established first person shooters are now being remade as turn based tactics games? What a wonderful world we suddenly live in!

  21. Wetcoastdiveguy says:

    Official site says it’s out for PC on 1st October, 2013.