A leaked marketing guide appears to confirm that Arma 4 will not be the next entry in the franchise from Bohemia Interactive, but that it instead will be a PC and console game called Arma Reforger.
As reported by PC Gamer, the marketing guide was posted on Reddit’s Gaming Leaks and Rumors and appears to be credible, especially since Bohemia is gearing up to reveal the “Future or Arma” on May 17, 2022.
The guide says that, due to the “complexity of developing Arma 4,” Arma Reforger will be a “bridge” between Arma 3 and what will eventually be the official fourth game in the series. While it may not be the Arma 4 people were hoping for, it does look to be using Bohemia’s new Enfusion engine.
Arma Reforger will allegedly take place on the fictional island of Everon in the Atlantic ocean and will be set in “an alternate 1989” during a conflict between the US and Soviet Union. The game is being billed as a “military simulation game (as opposed to a ‘simulator’),” which hints it may be more accessible than the mainline games.
Bohemia hopes this game, which will be on its new Enfusion engine, will get modders comfortable with the new tools in time for Arma 4, whenever it arrives. In doing so, Arma 4 should have a thriving modding community at launch.
The marketing guide also notes that Bohemia will continue to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the company will keep working on features that have an “anti-war humanitarian focus” by continuing to “expose, disseminate, and promote International Humanitarian Law in-game.”
Arma 3 was released in 2013 and doctored footage of the game was recently used as hoax news footage of combat in Ukraine.
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