Major update 0.52 released for Arma 3 aplha

Includes bug fixes, improved network performance, shadow enhancements, destructible windows and more.

Posted By | On 26th, Mar. 2013 Under News


Developer Bohemia Interactive have just rolled out a brand new patch for the Alpha version of Arma 3. In addition to the laundry list of bug and crash fixes, the update incorporates a slew of enhancements and changes. Some of them include improved network performance, improvements to shadows and much more. Check out the full change-log below.

Since this is still the Alpha version, expect bugs and glitches to be prevalent for quite some time. The Alpha build of the game consists of a limited section of the main game on the island of Stratis 20 km², while the full game will cover a massive area of 290 km². The Beta version is only out in Q2 2013, while the full release arrives in the third quarter.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Showcase SCUBA:
    • More forgiving alarm threshold
    • Added more hints
    • Improved scenario endings
    • More rockets for the launcher added
  • Showcase Helicopters:
    • Performance optimizations
    • Few minor tweaks
  • Showcase Vehicles:
    • More forgiving alarm threshold
    • Few minor tweaks
  • MP: Escape from Stratis
    • Fixed: Mission success after resuming game
    • ‘Combat Get In’ module added
    • Respawn time is now 30 seconds (was 120)
    • Improved mission endings
    • New task appears when both choppers on the airfield are destroyed
    • New mission ending “all boats and helicopters destroyed”
    • Warning hint pops up when the group leader is AI controlled
    • Patrolling Ka-60 Black now unloads troops when under fire
    • More enemies at the airfield
    • Some new map locations populated
  • MP: Headhunters
    • “Exfiltrate” task is now set as current after all targets are eliminated
    • The mission will now end when either all players are near the exfil marker or in a boat
    • ‘Combat Get In’ module added
    • Possible respawn desync in multiplayer fixed
  • New scenario ending screen added
  • Task notification visuals improved
  • Seagull in “BIRD”, “GROUP” and “SIDE” respawn replaced by a basic spectator camera
  • Scenarios-button now always available, even when there’s no content
  • Added more entries into Field Manual
  • Compass and watch re-sized
  • Ka-60 minigun now rotates
  • Ka-60 doors and glass made correctly penetrable
  • MH-9 passengers can now see the tail
  • Helicopter weapons tweaked
  • Class names for Ifrits changed to be the correct ones
  • Alamut and MX SW now have correct icons in command menu
  • Countermeasures now stored in one magazine per vehicle
  • Correct Alpha Lite logo in splash screens added
  • Most windows in houses are now destructable
  • Static weapons should be more durable, shouldn’t be targetable by guided missiles and shouldn’t be flippable by user action when destroyed
  • Added more camoflage selections for vests and helmets
  • Red faction uniforms have proper class names
  • Changed priorities in action menu
  • TRG iron-sights remodeled after feedback
  • Collimator sights are now default primary on combined optics (Ctrl + RMB is the default switch)
  • Camera shake on 6.5mm ammunition removed
  • Server browser UI overlapping fixed in some places
  • Squad URL is no longer automatically upper-cased (and thus broken)
  • Editor loading took long when using MX rifles – fixed
  • Added freelook in vehicles via default option
  • Correct tracer colors have been distributed among factions
  • Fish should be less inclined to travel on land

Changes to the Engine:

  • Shadow improvements implemented
  • Improved network performance (vehicles are no longer lagging as much)
  • Fixed several game crashes
  • Fixed synchronization of cargo poses in MP
  • Fixed various inventory-related bugs and crashes
  • Improved vehicle collisions
  • Grenades can no longer be thrown under water
  • Fixed airplane / helicopter camera shaking
  • Default and Development versions have different numbering to prevent incompatibilities in multiplayer

The final version of Arma 3 is still a long way from release, but for those of you who can’t hold on to your horses any no longer, then you’re in luck. The Arma 3 Alpha is now available for testing purpose and those who haven’t received an invite can purchase it off Steam via its Early Access program.


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