The Arma series is coming to consoles for the first time. As part of a live event, developer Bohemia Interactive unveiled a new game, Arma Reforger, which acts as a bridge to Arma 4 and is available on Xbox consoles in addition to PC. Yes, “is”, as it came out today.
Available on Steam and Xbox Game Preview for $30 (Arma Reforger has not been announced for PS4 or PS5), Reforger is a new entry in the series that is a bridge to the upcoming Arma 4. Arma Reforger is described as a ” Creative Platform” which is meant to show off what Bohemia’s new Enfusion Engine is capable of in terms of gameplay, modding, graphics, and more. Notably, Reforge represents the first Arma game ever released on console.
Reforging takes players back to the fictional island of Everon in the 1980s, the same setting and time period as Arma: Cold War Assault, the first game in the series. It’s the same map players remember, but with better graphics and new environments and elements such as lakes, ponds and rivers.
There are two multiplayer modes, the first of which is Conflict. This is a team versus team multiplayer battle where each side attempts to capture and hold positions as either US or Soviet factions.
The second mode is Game Master, and it’s a “real-time scenario editor” that allows players to create combat situations for anything they can imagine. It’s meant to highlight what the new Enfusion Engine is capable of in terms of modding support, which Bohemia says will be a big deal in the upcoming Arma 4.
Bohemia is also launching a new gaming platform called Workshop, where players can share their own custom content. From the Workshop, players can find and download mods for Reforge, and this applies to both console and PC. Software called Workbench is also available for PC users, and Bohemia says anyone with a “good knowledge” of C# scripting can use the software to write custom AI behaviors, for example, or even brand new game mechanics if their proficiency with C# is good enough. Workbench also allows players to import their artistic creations for use in the game.
Reforging launches today, but Bohemia has no plans for when it will hit 1.0, only mentioning that it will leave Early Access/Game Preview “once it is considered complete.” The studio also stressed that work will continue on Reforging even as Arma 4 development picks up speed.
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