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It seems that the experimental Linux version of Arma 3 [Steam] is going to get the 64bit version in a coming update.

The Windows version gained 64bit support only recently in December in the development branch, so it's pleasing to see this being worked on for the Linux port. Originally, Bohemia stated the Linux version might not get 64bit.

I was pointed to SteamDB (thanks Ysblokje) where there's now a content depot for "Linux/Mac 1.68 64-bit".

This is awesome news, since I can't currently play the game due to the game being 32bit. Essentially, the game won't allow me to use all the RAM and VRAM I have, which won't be a problem when it's 64bit. The game always drops me down to Low quality textures and VP claim this is due to how OpenGL works + a 32bit game.

Respect to Virtual Programming for doing it, no word on when it will release but it sure looks like we will get the 64bit engine update!
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Eike 3 March 2017 at 3:03 pm UTC
Looks like they're really dedicated to their "experiment"!
g000h 3 March 2017 at 3:13 pm UTC
Do people think it is worth getting Arma 3 which is available quite cheaply in the current Humble Bundle. It isn't quite my type of game (I prefer DOOM style much more). If I got it, would I be able to use it to play DayZ on Linux (probably not, but thought I'd ask)? Also, it isn't really supporting Linux gaming if I buy it "for Windows" is it.
m2mg2 3 March 2017 at 3:38 pm UTC
g000hDo people think it is worth getting Arma 3 which is available quite cheaply in the current Humble Bundle. It isn't quite my type of game (I prefer DOOM style much more). If I got it, would I be able to use it to play DayZ on Linux (probably not, but thought I'd ask)? Also, it isn't really supporting Linux gaming if I buy it "for Windows" is it.

It does in that Bohemia and Virtual Programming will know that you bought and installed it Linux, which boosts our numbers and makes them more likely to continue supporting Linux.
Lintux 3 March 2017 at 3:48 pm UTC
It will happen!

I Posted on Facebook: rly? I need Arma 3 Patches and a fix for 1GB Vram Limit.....

VP Answer: You need Arma 3 64-bit. It will happen.


Last edited by Lintux at 3 March 2017 at 3:50 pm UTC
emp64 3 March 2017 at 4:30 pm UTC
yay, we might get on par with the windows version !

g000hIf I got it, would I be able to use it to play DayZ on Linux (probably not, but thought I'd ask)?
No you wont be able to play Dayz Standalone, but you might try some Dayz like mods for Arma 3. Exile mod (with other mods) and Epoch mod are aiming to deliver some zombie apocalypse.
slaapliedje 3 March 2017 at 6:53 pm UTC
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I really need to find time to play this. I've had Arma 3 since before it had a campaign... then the release of everything came and went and the most I've done is played part of the demo. Absolutely loved Operation Flashpoint back in the day.

I think I'll buy the humble bundle, even though I already own all of them.
TheRiddick 3 March 2017 at 11:05 pm UTC
Miracle, ironically if they switched their engine to Vulkan then they could spin a very effective linux port themselves rather then doing this slow outsourcing work thing which sees the Linux users unable to enjoy mods or multiplayer due to version mismatches!
aaronfranke 4 March 2017 at 12:49 am UTC
Tried to get the bundle, ran into bad luck: image
14 4 March 2017 at 6:23 am UTC
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TheRiddickMiracle, ironically if they switched their engine to Vulkan then they could spin a very effective linux port themselves rather then doing this slow outsourcing work thing which sees the Linux users unable to enjoy mods or multiplayer due to version mismatches!
You make it sound so easy.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 4 March 2017 at 10:36 am UTC
They should have done it from the very beginning as most studios/publishers. If they could benefit at least a little bit they might consider cross platform developing for future games.
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