Survive, the first single-player campaign release for Arma 3, has hit Steam today. Remember, the game shipped in September, without a single player element. This first update will download automatically next time you log into the game, and brings with it the conflict between the CSAT, AAF and NATO.
You play as Ben Kerry: NATO Peacekeeper in the Mediterranean. The bloody civil war in the Republic of Altis and Stratis ended five years ago, and NATO is only now starting to withdraw its forces. Sounds reasonable enough, but – of course – this has set up the perfect situation for a Mediterranean flashpoint. Kerry’s unit is swept up in the drama – together with a group of UKSF operators – as they find themselves fighting for survival.
Really though, you want to play this for elements that aren’t the storyline. Specifically, in this new update, you’ll get extra building blocks to use in creating your own content. New weapons, 3D objects, animations and scripted modules are all added to your library, ready to use.
The next two episodes, Adapt and Win, will also include more of this new free content when they launch sometime in the future.
If you haven’t yet checked out the world of Arma 3, now’s as good a time as any. You’ll get 12 singleplayer showcases, 3 faction showcases, 9 multiplayer scenarios, 10 firing drill challenges, a heap of weapons and a whole bunch of vehicles, all placed inside the huge, open islands of Stratis (20 square km) and Altis (270 square km).