Bohemia Interactive has unleashed a new alpha preview showcase for what they've implemented into Arma 3 at the moment, this includes a basic set of infantry, vehicles and various stages of graphical and gameplay mechanic polish. The game's pre-order bonus alpha invitation has also already garnered mod support after being available for only a day.
That's right, modders are already hard at work after buying into the alpha build and gaining access to the mod tools. They're working on porting over DayZ and Wasteland, so that the mods will be of a very high quality when they do release alongside the finalized version of Arma 3.
You can check out the new features and some of what Bohemia has already added to the game with the preview trailer below, courtesy of Gametrailers.
The game is still a ways off from completion but it's looking pretty good so far. I imagine they'll refine the shades and lighting system a bit more, tweak the physics a bit and keep on adding more stuff leading up to release.
I find it very, very, very intriguing how the smaller studios are approaching the design process as opposed to the AAA studios. Here with companies like Bohemia Interactive, Stoic Studios, inXile Entertainment and Harebrained Schemes, we're looking directly into the design process and philosophy of how these games are coming together. Many of these crowd-funded projects are letting gamers see and “taste” the experience well before its due date and they're doing so with a full-disclosure approach and I love that.
Gamers aren't going to end up with some totally different game by the time it launches because they've already had a feel for it as early as its alpha, preventing Xeno-Gate scenarios from occurring.
Anyway, if you like what you saw of Arma 3 and you want to help support and encourage development, you can pre-order the game now to gain access to the alpha build or visit the Official Website to learn more.