Hardcore military sim gamers rejoice! Bohemia Interactive have announced that an Alpha version of ARMA III will go live on March 5th and will be available to anyone who pays for the full game up front. Your purchase of either the standard or Digital Deluxe version of the game on Steam will also net you access to a later beta, as well as the full game when it is released.
“The Arma 3 Alpha is a big milestone in the project's development. Testing early and often puts us on the right track towards improving performance, stability and delivering on our goal of creating a robust final release. It's also a big opportunity to get the game in the hands of our passionate community, which enables them to start work on their own creations, tailored to the fourth generation of the Real Virtuality engine.” - Jay Crowe, Co-Creative Director on Arma 3
"Featured in the Arma 3 Alpha are four showcase missions (Infantry, Vehicles, SCUBA and Helicopter), a limited subset of weapons and vehicles, two multiplayer scenarios, the powerful scenario editor and modding support. The 20 km² island of Stratis, which is positioned right off the coast from Arma 3’s main destination ‘Altis’ (270 km²), will form the backdrop of the Arma 3 Alpha."
Head over to the official site for full details.http://www.arma3.com/news/plans-for-arma3-in-2013#.USzZiqWXWrY