Arma 3 hits Steam, retail on Sept 12
Bohemia Interactive's open-world tactical military thingy Arma 3 will graduate from beta-test boot camp and enlist in full-time retail/Steam availability on September 12, the developer announced today. The game launches with a multitude of single and multiplayer events, 20 vehicles, mod support and a scenario editor, among other things. Arma 3's actual single-player campaign, however, will be added post-launch in three free DLC episodes.

Arma 3's development process has been an arduous one, with the game's release being delayed into this year after two Bohemia Interactive employees were arrested in Greece on suspicion of espionage. The two developers in question, Ivan Buchta and Martin Pezlar, spent over 120 days in Greek jail before posting bail last January. The two men were detained after allegedly photographing and recording military objects – Bohemia Interactive stated that Buchta and Pezlar were on vacation, that they never entered military zones and that any pictures taken were not to supplement Arma 3's development.
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Arma 3 releases on September 12

Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday 8th August 2013

Bohemia Interactive today announced the release date for its upcoming tactical military shooter, Arma 3. Available in digital and physical retail stores worldwide, Arma 3 will launch on Thursday September 12, 2013.

Benefiting from the splendid support of Alpha and Beta participants, Arma 3 ships with the large open terrains of 'Altis' (270 km²) and 'Stratis' (20 km²), 12 singleplayer showcases, 3 faction showcases, 9 multiplayer scenarios, 10 firing drill challenges, more than 20 vehicles and 40 weapons, 5 factions, the scenario editor and modding support. The Arma 3 singleplayer campaign will be released across 3 free DLC episodes after launch.

To launch the countdown, the Arma 3 devteam is hosting an official Twitch.tv livestream on Saturday August 10 at 17.00 UTC. Live from Bohemia Interactive HQ in Prague, everyone is invited for a sneak peek at Arma 3's release package. The livestream is expected to last about one hour, and those who do not want to miss out can already enlist for the event via Arma 3's Facebook page.

Last but not least, Bohemia Interactive has opened the Countdown To Launch web page. Here players can find a complete overview of the content available in Arma 3 – alongside descriptions and screenshots.

To participate in the final stages of pre-release development, people can purchase the regular Arma 3 Beta (34.99 EUR/29.99 GBP/44.99 USD) or the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) from Steam or Store.bistudio.com. Both editions include the full retail game and prices will increase upon launch.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.