Arma 3 console port “basically dismissed”, two years of content planned

By Brenna Hillier
25 March 2014 04:51 GMT

Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive has no plans to bring the military sim to consoles, because it “wouldn’t do it justice”.


Speaking to Eurogamer, Arma 3 project leader Joris-Jan van t’ Land said the team isn’t looking to port the shooter.

“We’ve basically dismissed it for Arma 3. From the start it was developed as PC only, and it wouldn’t do it justice – there wouldn’t be an easy port to console,” he said.

“You’d really have to redesign stuff like how the controls work, and the interface, so for Arma 3 that’s out of the scope.”

The team did try its hand at bringing Arma 2 to Xbox 360, but abandoned the project after little success.

The developer does like consoles, though, van t’ Land added; Bohemia does have PlayStation 4 and Xbox One dev kits, he said, and “for something that is next, it is becoming much more likely to be multiplatform”. (DayZ, for example, will almost certainly make the jump to consoles.)

In the meantime, between 50 and 70 Bohemia staff will spend “at least the next two tears” working exclusively on Arma 3.

“2015 will be the year when we need to start thinking about what’s next. We don’t have concrete plans at the moment,” van t’ Land added.

“I think it will be something in the franchise [the next game], but we’re not sure what. And the company is growing, as you’ve seen – many new offices – so there are more resources as well to handle multiple [things].”

The full interview contains further discussion on what kind of content and features Bohemia plans to bring to Arma 3.


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