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One of the developers from Bohemia Interactive who's active in our community is asking to see how much interest there is in the Linux port of Arma 3 [Steam Page]. Currently, the Linux (and Mac) ports of Arma 3 from Virtual Programming are hidden from the Steam store page, because Bohemia Interactive class them as experimental. You can install it from Steam like any other game, it's just not advertised.

The developer, who goes by the nickname Dwarden, has asked me to make it clear that this is not an official poll. They're simple trying to find out just how much community interest there is.

On their Discord, they've pinned a message in the "linux_mac_branch" channel that reads:

How many users @here use Linux / Mac ports or may get interested to use ?
(especially if the delay time of port shortens after the Windows release ? )
{you can use reaction to add to the counter(s)}
{just to be clear this unofficial poll is for insight}

You can join their Discord using this link, to let them know your thoughts and add to the "reaction counter" if it's important to you. Once you're in their discord, if you have trouble finding the message here's a direct link (only works if you've joined).

Naturally, commenting here as well will also help so they can see outside interest and for those of you who don't like Discord you can also make yourselves known.

Personally, I quite enjoyed the last time I jumped in with a bunch of members from the community, it performed reasonably well and we all had a really great time. It's a pretty fascinating game, one I wouldn't experience without a Linux port so I really do hope they keep pushing forwards to eventually have it properly advertised on Steam.

Of course, not having it actually advertised won't really help since people won't know unless they're told about it. There's also nothing else like it on Linux, so I feel it's quite important.

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Elvanex 3 August 2018 at 3:50 pm UTC
Sadly, I've been locked of of Discord, so I'll have to post here. I'm definitely interested in this. The main reason I haven't purchased it already is because I want to wait until the Linux build becomes officially supported. Much respect to the devs though in how they've handled the port so far though. Very professional.
AldoRaine 3 August 2018 at 3:51 pm UTC
I already bought this game and I really want it to be officially supported
Brisse 3 August 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
Yea I'm interested, but I haven't spent much time with it due to some issues. After the last update it constantly crashes a few minutes in so it's basically unplayable for me now. Earlier versions worked alright though, but the foliage texture flickering with mesa has always annoyed me and takes most of the fun out of it. Multiplayer compatibility has been another thing that takes the fun out of it. Once it works, is up to date and allows us to spend time on populated servers I'll definetly start playing again. Clocked >1400h playing and modding the game before I ditched Windows, so it's not like I'm unfamiliar with the game, but it seems to have changed a lot since then.
Whitewolfe80 3 August 2018 at 4:05 pm UTC
Isnt there a beta linux build so why do they need to guage interest just release an offical port you ve already done the beta go all the way.
x_wing 3 August 2018 at 4:10 pm UTC
Well I definitely don't have the time for this game, but as I can see there are lots of people on Linux playing/willing to play I'll buy it for the sake of support the community (I may check before if I didn't got over my 'money to spend in games' limit... that's what happens when you live with your girlfriend a starts sharing expenses)
scaine 3 August 2018 at 4:11 pm UTC
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I pulled the trigger on this a couple of months back, but didn't really get into it thanks to always being out of sync with Windows-only pals. Would love to see official support. This type of game is quite rare on our platform.
sonic 3 August 2018 at 4:11 pm UTC
BrisseEarlier versions worked alright though, but the foliage texture flickering with mesa has always annoyed me and takes most of the fun out of it.

Yep, this bug is still there (version 1.82)
dpanter 3 August 2018 at 4:20 pm UTC
Interested, but not interested enough to join yet another Discord so a small note here will suffice.
jasonm 3 August 2018 at 4:26 pm UTC
I'm very interested in the game but not in its current state. It being so delayed makes me non-interested. If the Linux version was really close to the windows version on release schedules I would devote more time to it and I'm sure my small gaming group which some are on Linux and some on Windows would play it more often. Having windows gamers have to revert to older versions is cumbersome and honestly just not worth the bother. I sure hope this in some way helps to make the ports be on a more timely schedule and I look forward to it. If they do this I will likely buy every DLC that's out.
Redneck 3 August 2018 at 4:29 pm UTC
Absolutely interesting game, would love to see more Linux support for it!
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