By Craig Pearson on March 15th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.
Bohemia Interactive is doing smart things at the moment. The first smart thing they did was to give me access to Arma 3 before everyone else had it, which made me happy. That is a smart thing, because I am very important person, and my mum says I am handsome. The second smart thing they did was to release the Arma 3 Alpha to people who are not me, because it makes multiplayer games a lot more fun, and it means they can get to work with optimising their Greek pixels. The third smart thing was just launched: everyone who owns a copy of the Arma 3 Alpha has copies of the Lite edition to give away. Check your Steam Gifts, everyone. A heavily armed Santa Claus has been!
The Lite edition has some clipped wings, though. Here’s what you have to give away.
4 SINGLEPLAYER SHOWCASES
SCENARIO EDITOR (LIMITED)
What’s missing? Multiplayer and modding. It makes sense to not give everything away, but when the alpha is only going to be live for a limited time, I thought it would make sense to let those welcomed in to have it all. Then, when the alpha ends, they’ll want more and buy seventeen copies. I like the single-player and fiddling with the editor (just hopping in a chopper and flying around in an empty map is a joy), but the true experience is found in the community. Not that I wouldn’t snap a copy of the Lite edition up if I didn’t have access, but I’m just a wee bit surprised that Bohemia aren’t showcasing the game to its fullest.
However, let’s view it is a generous way to let people freely test the game out before they consider a purchase. Feel free to use the comments to set up swapsies, though the Arma forum might be a better place to offer and ask.
This is what you’re missing out on.