Czech-developed military sim Arma II is a highly detailed, complex game that inspired a loyal following of fans. Developer Bohemia Interactive has announced it's working on a sequel.
Arma II is a different breed of military shooter to your average Call of Duty. Featuring 50-player battles, 225 square kilometers of open-world landscape modelled from real-world geographical data and a dynamic campaign that unfolds according to player actions, it's a game that is difficult to get into but has inspired one of the most dedicated communities of players out there. Today, developer Bohemia Interactive has announced that a sequel is on the way, scheduled for release on PC next summer.
The new game features an expanded story-driven single player campaign that promises to "evolve" the player "from a lone prey into a military commander." Taking the role of Cpt. Scott Miller who washes ashore alone in hostile territory, it's up to the player to muster the beleaguered and scattered NATO forces to drive back the Eastern armies.
The game features an enhanced version of the Real Virtuality engine the game is built on, with full support for NVidia PhysX. As with previous entries in the series, it's built for modding, too, with an "easy to use" mission editor included with the package to allow community members to create their own scenarios.
"Our ambition is not only to deliver the next generation of Arma with the improved engine, but also to fully exploit the potential of our new technology in the gameplay," says Ivan Buchta, creative director of the game. "You can look forward to the unique experience of blending sandbox-style combat with a rich story."
Bohemia Interactive will be showing off the new game in private presentations at E3 next month. To find out more, check out the official website. As a side note, the older gamers amongst us may be interested to know that Bohemia Interactive is also working on a quasi-sequel to 1988 Amiga action-strategy classic Carrier Command.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Arma 3 Coming Summer 2012