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Arma 3 1.76 for Linux is planned, work on it to start "soon"

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Bohemia Interactive have announced in their latest "SITREP" that the Linux version of Arma 3 will be updated to the latest version of 1.76, work is set to start on it "soon".

Here's what they said:

There was a major update to Arma 3's experimental Mac/Linux ports last week. This brings it to the 1.70 game version, which means it now supports the 64-bit game executables and adds the Jets DLC content along with its platform improvements and additions. The Mac version now also supports Metal. In cooperation with our external partners at Virtual Programming, we plan to start working on updating these experimental ports to the current main branch release (1.76) soon™.

I was really impressed with the latest Arma 3 update for the experimental Linux version. It fixed all the issues I had with it, so it's properly playable for me now.

It's really pleasing to know that the Linux version is going to continue to get updates, it sounds like it might be a quicker turnaround than last time too. One can hope anyway!

What's the deal with it being "experimental" anyway?

Well, it has certain limitations like the limited update cycle. Updates come in slower, as it seems
Bohemia Interactive finish it and release for Windows, then get Virtual Programming to port after the fact.

It's also missing a launcher, there's no RotorLib for the Advanced Flight Model and a few other points. Hopefully these points will get sorted in future. See the status here.

Thanks for the tip Cracker!

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freerunnerlive 20 September 2017 at 8:24 pm UTC
I play 1.64 a half year! 1.70 is good and i will play it a long time. mod support is much better like german bwmod.
Joeyboots80 20 September 2017 at 9:17 pm UTC
I'll definitely jump back in and try this out when it's updated.
peta77 20 September 2017 at 10:09 pm UTC
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with the 1.70 update it's now running good... but I'd like to see them have the basics finished before getting to the next update, especially full joystick support & rotorlib.. that's what makes it a bit ridiculous that the jets DLC is now working with the ports as having to fly with mouse and keyboard is a joke for that kind/depth of simulation...
so, according to the anouncement, for now it seems it will stay playable infantry-only on linux... sad and kind of dissappointing considering the time span they are already working on the ports.....
jaycee 20 September 2017 at 10:48 pm UTC
nPHYN1T3I have almost bought this game so many times and I still want to but their attitude keeps me away. 3rd party port with huge issues and a "we might consider maybe possibly continuing development but it will probably be broken, out of sync with other clients, not work in general, have big limitations and we still might just give up at any moment for funzies" mentality. They can SIT on their SITrep and spin.

What "Huge issues"?
Also insulting the developer is not exactly going to encourage them...
Kuduzkehpan 20 September 2017 at 11:00 pm UTC
Good news for me and my cousin also ppls now can forget windows. next good thing should be VULKAN for Linux / Windows.
next thing should be a launcher for linux arma 3.
why dont valve or some other experienced person do this?
TheRiddick 21 September 2017 at 4:29 am UTC
The only HUGE issue I found was the texture size problem, which is partly opengl 32 bit issue, and in early days MESA only partially worked (moving too close to landmass would crash game). But both those issues are fixed now I believe.

ATM I'm waiting for video card prices to stabilize, either I get a Vega NANO if the price is right or a 1080Ti MINI. But atm its looking like a XMAS sort of thing due to price hikes on allot of memory prices and stock shortages. BAD time to upgrade, so my Fury X will need to keep chugging on....
evergreen 21 September 2017 at 7:07 am UTC
I'm so glad to see it. But I'll waiting to play it again when linux port will be at actual version.
Brisse 21 September 2017 at 8:37 am UTC
TheRiddickThe only HUGE issue I found was the texture size problem, which is partly opengl 32 bit issue, and in early days MESA only partially worked (moving too close to landmass would crash game). But both those issues are fixed now I believe.

ATM I'm waiting for video card prices to stabilize, either I get a Vega NANO if the price is right or a 1080Ti MINI. But atm its looking like a XMAS sort of thing due to price hikes on allot of memory prices and stock shortages. BAD time to upgrade, so my Fury X will need to keep chugging on....

Just don't expect too see any improvement in Arma 3 from a video card upgrade. If you have a Fury X, then you are guaranteed CPU starved 9 out of 10 times in this game already. Arma 3 is quite different from other games when it comes to how it uses hardware. The most important thing to get this game running smooth is massive single threaded IPC * frequency. It doesn't care how many cores you have, and it barely cares about what video card you have either.
MasterSleort 21 September 2017 at 11:43 am UTC
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BrisseJust don't expect too see any improvement in Arma 3 from a video card upgrade. If you have a Fury X, then you are guaranteed CPU starved 9 out of 10 times in this game already. Arma 3 is quite different from other games when it comes to how it uses hardware. The most important thing to get this game running smooth is massive single threaded IPC * frequency. It doesn't care how many cores you have, and it barely cares about what video card you have either.

Well I am able to play the game at 40 - 50 fps at 4K, with everything almost maxed out (high is the lowest setting in use) and the default draw distance.

I have a Fury X (open source drivers) and a Ryzen 1800X. I know it's not a bargain build, but I am very surprised at how well this game runs considering it is a port and that it is still "experimental".

ArmA 3 is actually one of the few games I can enjoy at 4K, without having to put other graphics settings at their lowest.
knet 21 September 2017 at 11:52 am UTC
cool, great news. just when i gave up on the whole arma on linux thing
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