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Sad news for those who purchased ARMA 3 due to the experimental Linux (and Mac) version, as Bohemia Interactive have announced a halt to the updates for it.

As a reminder, Bohemia Interactive teamed up with Virtual Programming (who ported The Witcher 2 and more to Linux) to release a Linux version of ARMA 3 back in 2015. Bohemia put up this page, which highlighted various caveats with the Linux version along with it being labelled as "experimental". They were at least very clear, that the ports might not always be updated and so this isn't entirely unexpected. Since then, it's had a number of updates which usually lagged behind the Windows version quite a lot.

Today, they put out an update post which contains information on what's going on with the ports. It mentions how the ports take a lot of time for preparation and testing, the "port updates are simply quite expensive" and how "work can only begin after the official Windows version of Arma 3 has been successfully deployed to the public". 

While it's sad to hear, this situation might not be forever. They noted, that once things calm down in regards to ARMA 3 updates that it's something they "might consider again in the future".

See the full post here.

It's obviously a reminder, that when you pick up a game for any platform that isn't finished or is experimental in some way, that purchasing it might not be the best idea unless you're prepared for something like this to happen.

Hat tip to DasC.

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mylka 12 December 2018 at 2:36 am UTC
WJMazepasI'm surprised that this game is even receiving updates at all on any platform

it has more players than AC odyssey
kinda the same as war thunder which is also from 2013
https://store.steampowered.com/stats/

speaking of war thunder. are they still working on vulkan
14 12 December 2018 at 4:23 am UTC
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It was fun while it lasted. As long as they don't remove that branch from Steam, I should be able to play with my friends for quite a while.
gojul 12 December 2018 at 5:07 am UTC
I really enjoyed the solo campaign. Was not interested in online playing. But sad news anyway. I hope they won't remove the Linux port.
rea987 12 December 2018 at 6:33 am UTC
Ehvis
jasonmAs rea987 mentions, Battleye runs natively on Linux and Arma 3 runs via eON. Bohemia could do the same type of port if they wanted using Proton or Wine so as long as Proton or Wine runs Arma 3 well which I'm not sure as I haven't looked. It would just take some collaboration with the folks at Battleye I'd imagine.

eON does not use the source code, only a Windows binary. There's no way to get the Linux version compiled in there. Since BattlEye should catch any kind of tampering, I'm wondering how VP managed this.

Here, "Linux Bin" depots of Arma 3 from public and development branches:

https://steamdb.info/depot/249507/
https://steamdb.info/depot/249507/

As you see, BEClient_x64.so and BEServer_x64.so are natively available. You do not need to include BattlEye in eON builds, it simply works alongside with it.


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Dedale 12 December 2018 at 8:54 am UTC
I feel scammed. Buying it was one of those mistakes. It was nearly never up to date anyway.
Samsai 12 December 2018 at 9:06 am UTC
Truly sad that such a realistic and bug-free military simulation will not receive updates. But it's no matter, since the game runs perfectly anyways.

It does not, for example, suffer from performance degradation to the point of running at 15 FPS after you respawn a couple of times. Nor does it ever crash for totally abstract reasons, allowing us to write haikus in the crash reporter. The game also sparingly uses GPU memory resources in a way that it never even gets close to 8 GB of VRAM usage. The AI is also super fair, only occasionally managing to shoot you right in the face with an AK from 2000 meters away in the middle of a night in a combination of a sandstorm and a regular storm.

Oh, and the vehicle physics are also top notch.

https://www.twitch.tv/sirsamsai/clip/PlacidObservantPidgeonKappaWealth

https://www.twitch.tv/sirsamsai/clip/ThankfulScaryCheesecakeCopyThis

PS: Thanks VP and Bohemia. You never could decide which one of you deserved the praise for all of these wonderful features.

</sarcasm>


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Ehvis 12 December 2018 at 9:09 am UTC
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rea987
EhviseON does not use the source code, only a Windows binary. There's no way to get the Linux version compiled in there. Since BattlEye should catch any kind of tampering, I'm wondering how VP managed this.

Here, "Linux Bin" depots of Arma 3 from public and development branches:

https://steamdb.info/depot/249507/
https://steamdb.info/depot/249507/

As you see, BEClient_x64.so and BEServer_x64.so are natively available. You do not need to include BattlEye in eON builds, it simply works alongside with it.

Interesting. If that works, then it could be a client/server kind of deal. I wonder if that could be made to work for Wine as well (legal issues aside).
Lintux 12 December 2018 at 9:15 am UTC
for now, im pissed off! Arma 3 is the most played Game for me on my Linux Mashine......
mao_dze_dun 12 December 2018 at 11:01 am UTC
To be fair, they declared since day one this was purely experimental and they'd only go through with official port if they saw the numbers and it was worthwhile. It sucks for anybody who bought the game, but you can't really be mad at Bohemia and VP, considering they openly said - this has a high probability of going nowhere, purchase at your own risk.
KuJo 12 December 2018 at 1:30 pm UTC
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Well, ARMA 3 uses BattlEye so playing online is not likely to ever work with Steam Play.

The use of an installer or launcher does not automatically exclude the possibility of playing online with it. For example, this even works with Battlefield I and V and Origin:
-> https://lutris.net/games/battlefield-v/
-> https://lutris.net/games/battlefield-1/
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