Arma Reforger Announced For PC And Xbox, Launching Today

Developer Bohemia Interactive has revealed what’s next for its military shooting series Arma. As part of a livestream event today, the Czech studio has confirmed that Arma 4 is in development, and although it will be a while before the game is ready, fans of the series can jump into a brand new Arma game, Arma Reforger. today as part of an early access test.

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 bridges the gap to the upcoming Arma 4. Arma Reforger is described as a “creative platform” that’s meant to showcase what Bohemia’s new Enfusion engine is capable of in terms of gameplay, modding, graphics, and more. Notably, Reforger represents the first Arma game ever released on console.

A scene from Arma Reforger

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Reforger takes players back to the fictional island of Everon in the 1980s, the same setting and time period of Arma: Cold War Assault, the first game in the series. It’s the same map players remember, but now 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-vs-team multiplayer battle where each side tries to capture and hold positions as 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 Arma 4 getting on the road.

Bohemia is also launching a new in-game platform called Workshop, where players can share their own custom content. From the Workshop, players can find and download mods for Reforger, and this applies to both console and PC. Software called Workbench is also being made available to users on PC, and Bohemia says anyone with a “reasonable understanding” of C# scripting can use the software to write custom AI behaviors, for example, or even brand new gameplay mechanics if their skill with C# is good enough. Workbench also allows players to import their art creations for use in the game.

Reforger launches today, but Bohemia has no plan for when it will reach version 1.0, only mentioning that it will leave Early Access/Game Preview “once it is considered complete”. The studio also stressed that work on Reforger will continue even as Arma 4 development ramps up.

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