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VP's ARMA 3 1.76 beta now out, compatible with Windows for now

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Virtual Programming has released a new version of their ARMA 3 beta which brings the game in sync with the Windows version for the first time. The new beta also provides support for the Laws of War DLC.

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As stated by Bohemia Interactive themselves, this means the game is at least temporarily compatible with the Windows version when it comes to multiplayer. However, there are no guarantees that the Linux port will remain in sync with the Windows version when the game next updates. This also apparently does not lift the beta status of the ports, meaning they are still considered experimental.

If you already purchased the ARMA 3 port then this should be fairly good news to you, since you will now have a chance at playing on the more mainstream multiplayer servers. But, like I pointed out, there are no guarantees and considering how long it has taken for the port to catch up to the Windows version I don't think this will be something that will convince you to buy the game if you hadn't already. Time will tell whether or not the Linux port will remain adequately in sync with the Windows releases for multiplayer to remain compatible.

If you want to check out ARMA 3 you can find it on Steam.

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scaine Nov 13, 2017
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Quoting: GuestTo be correct, it is Bohemia's release not VP's

What does this mean? Are you saying Bohemia have ditched VP and taken the port in house? If so, that's very bold, but might bode well for a future where Windows/Linux is updated simultaneously, I suppose, rather than waiting for VP to catch up to a new Bohemia release.
Brisse Nov 13, 2017
Oh, cool! And finally I get to play some new content as well. With the last version I had played everything on Windows before I ditched it for Ubuntu, but now I get to play Laws of War DLC which I didn't get to play before :)
sonic Nov 13, 2017
Great, once I finish downloading I will smash some Windows noobs

Edit: well, they kicked my ass. I need to train...


Last edited by sonic on 13 November 2017 at 8:28 pm UTC
tom34 Nov 13, 2017
Right now playing on King Of The Hill it working very good, copied my lvl from Windows. :D
scaine Nov 13, 2017
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Quoting: GuestNo, I am saying that it is Bohemias product, and they provide the support. VP is just contracted to do the porting work.

Huh, well that's a let down. I know it's Bohemia's product. VP have released several beta candidates since they were first contracted. I have to admit, I'm not seeing why you feel the article needs correcting. You feel that the first sentence implies VP own the IP, maybe?

Anyway, more generally, I'm hopeful that this is the first step to the VP beta becoming an official product. I've been holding off buying it until that happens.

Also, I wonder how VP are being paid. If this was a Feral release, they'd have an announcement (after months of teasing), then Linux sales thereafter are credited to their work. But in this case, VP only have a beta, so I (and possibly others) won't touch it. Seems an odd way to do business, particularly given how quiet they've been otherwise. Just checked their website and they have few titles on the go now and I didn't even realise they'd released Putty Squad - although that's not on Steam, GOG or Humble, and only features static screenshots on the sales page, so I can't see anyone dropping £15 for that!


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tom34 Nov 13, 2017
I cannot play on servers with version 1.76.xxxxxx (half EPOCH servers)
Quoting: GuestDoes this mean we can play Playerunknown's Battle Royale now? Or is there more to that mod than server side stuff? (I don't have Arma 3, but would be interested in getting it if I could play Battle Royale)
I will try...


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GBee Nov 13, 2017
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Quoting: GuestNo, I am saying that it is Bohemias product, and they provide the support. VP is just contracted to do the porting work.

Huh, well that's a let down. I know it's Bohemia's product. VP have released several beta candidates since they were first contracted. I have to admit, I'm not seeing why you feel the article needs correcting. You feel that the first sentence implies VP own the IP, maybe?

Also, I wonder how VP are being paid. If this was a Feral release, they'd have an announcement (after months of teasing), then Linux sales thereafter are credited to their work.

He's saying that VP are just external contractors paid a flat fee by BI to port the game to Linux (and OSX). VP operate on an entirely different basis to Feral and Aspyr. The latter two approach games developers and obtain the rights from the developer to publish the game on other (non-windows) platforms, they are publishers and as publishers they get a cut of any profits on those platforms. VP on the other hand are just contractors, games developers approach them, they quote a cost to port the game and when that port is done that's the end of their association with the game. You may have noticed that games ported by VP don't have a publisher splash screen.

In this case BI approached VP, it's BI that publish the linux version even if a lot of the work was contracted out to VP. It's BI who have labelled it with a Beta/Experimental tag and BI who decide whether that situation will ever change.

What he's bothered by is that the article says "Virtual Programming have released" ... they haven't released anything, if they had released anything they would have been in breach of their contract :) They did their work for BI and it was BI who released the game.


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tom34 Nov 13, 2017
Quoting: GuestDoes this mean we can play Playerunknown's Battle Royale now? Or is there more to that mod than server side stuff? (I don't have Arma 3, but would be interested in getting it if I could play Battle Royale)
I have bad news. BR need newest ARMA 3 1.76.xxxxxx version...
FeelsBadMan...


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1xok Nov 13, 2017
There is no steamos icon. But if I buy it I can play it on my Linux box?
scaine Nov 13, 2017
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Quoting: GBee
Quoting: scaine
Quoting: GuestNo, I am saying that it is Bohemias product, and they provide the support. VP is just contracted to do the porting work.

Huh, well that's a let down. I know it's Bohemia's product. VP have released several beta candidates since they were first contracted. I have to admit, I'm not seeing why you feel the article needs correcting. You feel that the first sentence implies VP own the IP, maybe?

Also, I wonder how VP are being paid. If this was a Feral release, they'd have an announcement (after months of teasing), then Linux sales thereafter are credited to their work.

He's saying that VP are just external contractors paid a flat fee by BI to port the game to Linux (and OSX).

<snip>

Well, we can agree to differ. VP released their latest beta. We appear to quibbling over an implied distinction between "released" and "published".

But thanks for the explanation of how VP work. I knew most of it, but you've clarified a lot. That clarification leaves me wondering how they make money on this, then? You're suggesting that each time VP release a new beta, Bohemia are saying "thanks, now here's more money to do a new version"?

Or is it "do a beta, then another, indefinitely, until we're happy - here's a flat fee"?

Cos the former costs Bohemia money each time, while latter is obviously never going to happen! And if it's former, well done Bohemia, right? Because they're not advertising this, and they describe it as complementary service, making it clear that you're buying a Windows game and this is the best they can do.

Kind of surprising.
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