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Arma 3 Linux port to update to 1.54 tomorrow, there's more good news too

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Great news FPS fans! Arma 3 will see an update on the Linux port to version 1.54 tomorrow! Not quite the current version, but it's a step closer and there's more good news.

There's two major things included in their update blog, which I will quote:
QuoteWe do however see good support on the port platforms, so we've decided to continue updating them this year.

That means enough people have been buying/playing it on Linux for them to think it's worth continuing to update it. That's amazing news and shows that our platform is strong enough for a game like Arma 3 to stay on it. Hopefully they will upgrade the port to official status this year.

The next bit I was hoping they would do:
QuoteWe can also say that BattlEye anti-cheat support should finally arrive to a future update of the ports.

We knew BattlEye came to Linux (and ARK now uses it), so I was hoping it would be officially supported in the Arma 3 Linux port, and so it will be! Why is this important? It means we will be able to play on BattlEye enabled servers (most of them use it).

I was really impressed with the performance of the Arma 3 Linux port, as Virtual Programming did a pretty damn good job with it.

If you're wondering what was added in the 1.54 update, well it's pretty massive. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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creeperlwd 8 March 2016 at 7:57 pm UTC
i got it for my birthday around a week ago and i am excited to play it.
evergreen 8 March 2016 at 8:07 pm UTC
this is great news!!!!!
and this will make my gamelife feel good!!!!
burnall 8 March 2016 at 8:15 pm UTC
Fantastic news! Finally the wait has paid off.
sonic 8 March 2016 at 8:19 pm UTC
Great news - I own whole Arma serie except this one (dont have enough money for it right now )
WorMzy 8 March 2016 at 8:27 pm UTC
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If only they'd properly commit to supporting Linux. I don't want to buy this game while there's a chance they're just gonna pull the rug out from underneath it and drop Linux support.
liamdawe 8 March 2016 at 9:09 pm UTC
WorMzyIf only they'd properly commit to supporting Linux. I don't want to buy this game while there's a chance they're just gonna pull the rug out from underneath it and drop Linux support.

I imagine considering how far they have gone with it now, even if they dropped Linux support it would have to remain as a playable branch opt-in on Steam.

This is a very positive sign that they are updating it, doing BattlEye and all later too.
Mblackwell 8 March 2016 at 10:00 pm UTC
I've always thought this game looked neat and I played a bit of Operation Flashpoint way back when, but I haven't been buying games until it has the little SteamOS logo and I'm not gonna change that now!

But hopefully they'll soon have it fully supported.
wojtek88 8 March 2016 at 10:17 pm UTC
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WorMzyIf only they'd properly commit to supporting Linux. I don't want to buy this game while there's a chance they're just gonna pull the rug out from underneath it and drop Linux support.

I imagine considering how far they have gone with it now, even if they dropped Linux support it would have to remain as a playable branch opt-in on Steam.

This is a very positive sign that they are updating it, doing BattlEye and all later too.
What you're saying is in conflict with Samsai's motto:
SamsaiMy motto is "DON'T BUY BEFORE IT'S OUT".
Personally I agree with Samsai's more in this topic - I will consider paying for a game only if it is officially on Linux.
Luke_Nukem 8 March 2016 at 10:39 pm UTC
Err, there is no Linux/SteamOS icon on the Steam page for it... I would never have known it was a Linux port if it weren't for this article.
adolson 8 March 2016 at 10:46 pm UTC
Great news, indeed. Hopefully it "graduates" to official sooner than later.
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