If you haven’t heard of the hyper-realistic, insanely detailed, and graphically-demanding Arma series, you probably don’t own a PC. Although technically the label may be fitting, it is absurdly difficult to call the upcoming Arma 3 an indie game, especially when the extraordinary attention to detail and photorealistic graphics are so convincing of the contrary. Most recently, developer Bohemia Interactive from the Czech Republic showed off some new gameplay of Arma 3, detailing several key additions to the military simulator title. Have a look for yourself below!
In case you’re at work, on your phone, or simply prefer the joys of reading, the video showcases some interesting new functionality for Arma 3. Right off the bat, the player is shown skydiving from several thousand feet up, and the game’s draw distance holds up admirably. The commentator mentioned that the development team actually took satellite photos and attempted to recreate them in the game to give skydiving sequences a level of authenticity that other games still aren’t doing. It all looks insanely great, and upon landing, the texture work, gun models, and animations look top notch for an indie title. The strict adherence to a strictly simulation-style first-person shooter makes for some different movements and a feeling of weight that is likely to turn off less-than-hardcore players, but those looking for something a little more intense than America’s Army will surely feel right at home.
The video also showcased some additional physics features, including true ragdoll and entity collisions, and highlighted vehicle and naval warfare options. Everything looked suitably awesome, and with a little more polish and optimization, Arma 3 looks set to bring a fantastic military sim title to PC gamers later this year. Look for more info on Arma 3 at this year’s E3!